Daily Delight

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. -Hebrews 12:2 (Message)

On Monday, I was at my student teaching orientation. After four years of hard work and over eight years of dreaming of becoming a teacher, I was finally here! And yet, my excited feelings were dampened by worry and stress. Anxious thoughts about licensing tests, teaching full-time, and all the work of student teaching consumed me.

The final session was the spiritual component of the day, where one of our Bible professor’s spoke to us. One of the things he said to us stuck with me: "If you want to know what God would do, look at Jesus; if you want to know what a good teacher looks like, look at Christ.”

Whatever life throws at you, fix your eyes on Jesus.

Jesus lived an ordinary life, and yet he lived it without sin; He went through the same difficulties all humans do, yet He made it. He did what He was sent here to do, and He did it being fully human- living with the physical, emotional, and mental capacity of every other human.

He refused to let the pain and suffering of His human life get in the way of the divine life that was in store.

He lived a fully human life and lived it without anxiety, worry, or fear. Instead, He lived it focusing on what was to come rather than fixing his eyes on the situation in front of him. You see in scriptures the life He lived; one full of nothing but glorifying God in the most ordinary and difficult moments. He lived what we live, and yet He did it praising God through it all.

So, when life throws chaos your way, or when you are worried about what the next day is going to bring, focus on how Jesus lived. Look at what He did, how He did it and why. Study the stories of Jesus’ life and look at the big picture of who Jesus truly was. You’ll see how we’re truly called to live life when we look at the life of our Savior more closely.

Instead of fixing our thoughts and our lives on the moments at hand, why don’t we focus on what we already know: that God loves us, is for us, and has better things planned ahead if we hold on to Him.

Instead of trying to fix what tomorrow holds, let’s fix our eyes squarely on Jesusour fully-God, fully-human Saviorand study how we can mirror our lives more like His. He knows what tomorrow holds better than we do, anyway.

{photo: Mary Ogilvie

About the Author



Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!

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