“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:1,2
By the time I was in junior high, I needed to earn or find my own money to buy school supplies, hygiene products, and some clothing. I babysat as much as possible. During the winter, I picked up extra cash helping my brothers shovel snow. Occasionally, I’d find money on the ground and thus formed a habit of watching for a shiny spot on the pavement or sidewalks. Often I’d find coins in the parking lot that spilled out of a man’s pocket while digging out his car keys. Usually, I found pennies, but felt especially blessed with a nickel, dime, or quarter. When walking, I still span the path in front of me for coins.
In Paul’s message to the Colossians, he told people to set their vision ahead instead of absorbed with things right in front of them. To me, that means I can’t spend today just looking at my calendar or walking around the neighborhood with blinders keeping me from seeing what might be needed in my own neighborhood.
Imagine how much more we could accomplish if we opened our eyes and looked ahead to what God is offering us every day.
Lord, help me keep my eyes looking forward, but also to my sides. Amen.