- Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.“ (Hebrews 12:2).
Life can be tough. In fact life is tough and I believe nobody will argue that---its a fact of life.
....man is born unto trouble: There are challenges, failures, disappointments, heartbreaks, rejections and many more other issues that makes life itself complicated. But despite these challenges our perspective---how we look at life will determine how we will live our lives.
- Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:6-7).
1. FOCUS ON JESUS
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...“ :When we keep our focus on Jesus, when we begin to see things in His perspective, our lives becomes meaningful and purposeful. He sustains us in the storms . The storms of life will definitely come, but there will be strength to carry on.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.“ (Matthew 7:24-25).
2. FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE
Look at Hebrews 12:2 again. Because of the joy of reconciling humanity to God the father---the big picture---Jesus endured everything from His trial to crucifixion. The joy of His assignment, the joy of fulfilling the Father's will kept Him strong even in the face of great adversity. “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.“(John 12) Distractions abound in life, but keeping our eyes on the will of God for our lives---the big picture --- should motivate us against all odds. Don't stop, keep moving on.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalms 23:4).