Early this morning I had a conversation with a friend (older and wiser woman) about keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.  In response to some difficulty in her present circumstance, she shared “God is not discouraged so why should I be discouraged?”  It hit me that I had been carrying a weight of discouragement that I didn’t need to bear.  Then, I read something I wrote a couple years ago and it helped me.  Maybe it will help you too.

Maintaining an eternal perspective is not easy but we must think long term. This applies to the little trials, by comparison, we face today – but more importantly, it applies to those around us, who need us. We cannot continue to be distracted by small things – we have to consider the greater picture.

Paul put it this way: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Today, let’s be intentional about fixing our eyes on eternal things. Let’s consider the people around us who need  prayer, the people who need us to befriend them, to love them. Yes, this is a good way to spend your time today.

Be encouraged sisters.  God is aware of every detail of our lives and His purposes are far greater than any limitation we might perceive around us.