I have thinking about Jesus and staying focused on Him in the midst of SARS-CoV-2 infested world. The scientists’ warnings to stay home have pushed a pause button in America’s frenetic lifestyles. This has been a slower pace, more restful season of increased margin to contemplate what is important and what is not.
Colossians 1:7-10 in the JB Philips translation inspires me to concentrate on the Great Commandments:
“We heard about your growth in Christian love, so you will understand that since we heard about you we have never missed you in our prayers. We are asking God that you may see things, as it were, from His point of view by being given spiritual insight and understanding. We also pray that your outward lives, which others see, may bring credit to your master’s name, and that you may bring joy to His heart by bearing genuine Christian fruit, and that your knowledge of God may grow yet deeper.”
And I try to keep the lyrics of this song in my head as a guiding star to remind me to see the big picture:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full, in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace”
Sing it in the shower on a regular basis!