It is really not that complicated—in theory at least. But it is a little more difficult in practice. For when my eyes are consumed with myself, and my little life and my little world, I find that I am filled with insecurity, anxiety, and fear. It is a downward spiral that is incredibly difficult to break free from. I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency get stuck inside myself at times. But when I am finally able to fix my eyes on God instead, something beautiful happens within me. Somehow he gives me the ability to climb out of the dark pit of self and come into the light of love. It is an invitation that is always open to me. “Look at me,” says my God, “and you will be able to experience the joy and the life and the peace that I desire for you, rather than trying so hard to provide it for yourself.” I pray that he will give us all the grace to do that more and more.
O God, sometimes I get stuck inside myself, consumed with my own life. When I do this my life is filled with insecurity, anxiety, and fear. But you want more for me. Fix my eyes on you, O Lord. Let love conquer insecurity, let peace replace anxiety, and let trust overcome fear. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.