Don’t be so focused on it

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. NIV

I know that this is a reminder not to worry.  But, I find that my perspective is so far from Paul’s at the moment that I’m having trouble relating to it.  I know that he is right.  What is seen is temporary, what we are experiencing is temporary, but, often, it is hard to get your mind around that.

I broke a toe yesterday.  My foot has turned a lovely shade of blue, and it hurts to walk and, just as I’m sitting here, it is throbbing.  Toes are such a small part of your body … how can one small part command so much attention!?!

It strikes me that my toe is similar to the worries of this world … they are small and insignificant in comparison to the whole of eternity, and yet sometimes I get bogged down in them such that I lose sight of the whole.

I know that is the opposite of what Paul is expressing.  I need to adjust my perspective.

I’ll think about that, and also go and find a bag of ice now.

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Filed under II Corinthians, Lose heart, New Testament, Strength, Trouble

2 responses to “Don’t be so focused on it

  1. Bill

    😦 sorry to learn about your toe.
    Wondering (haven’t checked the archive): have you reflected on (NIV) Judges 6:23 “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”..and then looking back earlier in the same dialog Judges 6:14 “Go in the strength you have…am I not sending you?”

    • Ahh! I am thinking that your research skills will come in handy as I finish this project, Bill. Judges 6:23 I had looked at back in May, but 6:14 is one I’ll add to the list … perhaps that will be tomorrow’s post. Thanks!

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