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Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

Perspective Trials Jesus, Good Shepherd

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2

Author: Rob Tucker
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ILLUSTRATION

When I was a kid I used to look at the "magic eye" in the newspaper. Remember that? The colorful image where you had to gaze at it long enough until a picture emerged. Problem was, I used to get so frustrated at the magic eye. I could never see the image. People would say, "There! See it? It's a duck!" Or, "See! Right there! It's a rocket ship." And all I could see was a green blurry shadow.

Years later I found out I was color blind. What most people don't realize about color blindness is that it is not the absence of colors for most people. Colorblind people just see the colors differently than everyone else. Hence, they could never see a magic eye because they are focussed on the wrong colors.

APPLICATION

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to fix, "our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:2). Trouble is, we are fixated on our problems. We strain at our worries, our doubts, our imperfections and even our sins.  As these things capture and keep our gaze, we lose sight of Jesus.

To see Jesus in the blurry mess of life, we must focus our attention on Him. As we ponder His person, His victory, His promises to us, His faithfulness, etc., we begin to see Him in everything, even in the problems we face. 

Walk A Mile In My Hospital Shoes

Compassion Perspective Leadership

Source: “Hospital promises to improve food after managers eat it for a whole week,” by Katherine Martinko, treehugger.com, July 19, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-13

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Treehugger.com, a better living and health blog, reports:

Hospitals are notorious for having awful food, which makes no sense when you consider they’re in the business of healing people, and food is one of the most effective tools for doing so. Change is slow to come about, despite patients’ complaints about poor taste, horrid texture, and empty nutrition.

In Canada’s capital city, however, things will hopefully improve more quickly. In an unusual display of leadership, the managers of the Ottawa General Hospital spent one week eating hospital food, three meals a day. At the end of the week, they all agreed that a major shift is needed.

APPLICATION

We all have blind spots in our compassion.  In many cases, they are due to a lack of personal experience, which leaves us unable to relate to those in need.  The best cure is to get out of our own comfort zone and walk a mile in their shoes, or in this case, eat for a week at their table. It's amazing how our perspective changes when we simply place ourselves in the circumstances of someone else. 

When Jesus said, “do to others what you would have them do to you,” He set forth a principle that has broad application, including what kind of food should be served in a hospital (Matthew 7:12). 

God Is Watching You

God's Omnipresence Perspective Motivation

Source: “A strategy to save livestock and lions in Africa,” by Kim Arlington, July 6, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-18

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:17 ; Hebrews 4:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Kim Arlington, with The Sydney Morning Herald, reports:

Neil Jordan likes to get inside an animal's mind when he's working to save a species. Take lions, for example.

"Lions are ambush predators; they rely on stealth and the element of surprise in order to bring down their prey," he said. "As soon as they lose that element of surprise, as soon as the prey sees them, they abandon their hunt."

That is why he and fellow researchers are going to Botswana to paint eyes on cows' rumps. They hope it will prove a low-cost way to protect livestock from lions, and lions from being killed by farmers in retaliation.

Dr Jordan, who holds a research post at the Taronga Conservation Society, said:

"We wanted to hijack this natural response by painting eyes on the rumps of cows, so that lions could be tricked into thinking they'd been seen and abandon the hunt," he said.

It's the same kind of "psychological trickery" employed by woodcutters in India, who ward off tigers by wearing face masks on the backs of their heads, and butterflies that avoid becoming bird food thanks to eye-like patterns on their wings. 

APPLICATION

Just as being watched affects the actions of lions, it does the same for people. 

God is watching us.  Every action, every thought, and every motive of the heart is laid bare before Him. 

How does that knowledge affect you?

"You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ's authority, knowing that God is watching us" (2 Corinthians 2:17). 

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). 

Expanding Souls Encounter An Expanding Christ

Perspective Spiritual Growth Jesus' Lordship

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2016-05-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:18

Author: C. S. Lewis
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God's Perspective

God's Judgment God's Love Perspective

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-10

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Snodgrass's Muff

Guilt Perspective Perseverance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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Happiness Quotes

Happiness Quotes Happiness Perspective

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-05

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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The $300 Hammer

Perspective Suffering Jesus' Suffering

Contributed By: Jeff Johnson | Date Posted: 2015-03-02

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12

Author: Jeff Johnson
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Facebook Year-In-Review Montages Upsetting to Some

New Year's Perspective Optimism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-29

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff / Illustration Exc
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The Best Day

Perspective Prayer Devotion

Contributed By: Michael Tuazon | Date Posted: 2014-12-26

Scripture: Psalms 84:10

Author: Unknown
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