Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday's Meditation: A Boss Your Heart Message

Thank you, D'Lane Moore, for today's devo!

Look Up! 
by D'Lane Moore

Bath time around our house is a lot of fun.  Our daughter will turn 2 this summer and she loves to sing, dance, splash, read, count, and draw in the bath tub.  I think it is by far her favorite part of the bed time routine.  Her bath time ends with the actual bathing, including washing her hair.  When she gets her hair rinsed I tell her to look up and then I gently put my hand under her chin so that it is actually difficult to look anywhere but up.  I didn’t think much about this simple gesture until one day when I was rocking my little one before her nap.

One day as we were winding down before nap time my little one told me to look up and she put her hand under my chin and helped me look up.  I had to laugh!  I knew exactly where she had learned this- the bath tub.  Now any member of our family at any time may say, “Look up!” and it is always accompanied by a helping hand. 

This funny little game we play has got me thinking lately about who it is in my life that helps me look up and keep my eyes focused on Christ.  I know I need to look up and keep my eyes focused on Christ, because it is only then that I can truly boss my heart and experience Christ in my life, but sometimes, honestly, a lot of times, I need help looking up.  I need people who are going to put their little hand under my chin and actually make it difficult to look anywhere else, not literally, of course, but figuratively in my spiritual life. 

There are so many people who help me look up that I know I could never think of them all, but a few come to mind.  My pastor and other Bible teachers help me look up by encouraging me to dig into God’s word.  My husband helps me look up when he leads our family in prayer.  My close BFFs help me look up by being women of God who share with me how they boss their hearts.  And the Patterson family helps me look up as they continue to trust and obey God and invites us to pursue Him too.

I hope you have people in your life who help you look up and see Christ and all He has for you.  There is a verse in Matthew that is part of an amazing story about a mountain top experience Jesus had with some of his closest disciples.  The verse simply reads, “When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.”  Matthew 17:8.  It is my prayer that when you set out to boss your heart and seek that which God has for you that you will see no one except Jesus.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Dear Jesus,

Give us people in our lives who help us, yes at times even force us, to look up and see you, no one else except you.  Help us boss our heart towards you, dear Lord.


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