Gratitude and Filters

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

— John Lubbock —

… and what we look for arises from whose will we are trying to live…ours or His.

Note to my readers:

  1. This writing is somewhat of a ramble.
  2. As is the case with most of my writings, I wrote this for me as much or more than I did for you.

The opening quote reminded me of how grateful I am for my filter these days. The filter I’m talking about is the filter between my thoughts and actions and/or reactions. I lived the first three decades of my life with little to no filter…I ran on emotions.

So my filter in its simplest form is — What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)?

Would Jesus wear a mask if he knew it wasn’t to protect Him but to protect those around Him?

Would Jesus lash out at those who don’t agree with His political preference? Oh wait, He didn’t have a political preference.

Would Jesus be self-righteous in boldly denouncing the sins of others? Oh wait, Jesus noted that we all sin and all live in glass houses and He carries the burden of sin for all of us.

Would Jesus politicize a health crisis? Oh, that’s right, Jesus wasn’t into politics.

Would Jesus utilize social media and other fake news to find opinions that align with His opinions? Oh wait, only His opinion really matters…if you are a Jesus follower.

Hopefully, you get my drift.

The reason I noted my gratitude for Jesus’ teachings today is that I’ve leaned on Him and His word throughout this pandemic and I’m a much better person because of it.

Please don’t think for a minute that I am a saint.

I’ve struggled with some very difficult emotions over the past several months.

Combine this pandemic and the numerous questions we still lack answers for, with the loss of a dad and both in-laws–and you have a recipe for disaster–or a journey of drawing closer to the One who has more than enough answers and solutions to cover each and every one of my questions and challenges.

How about you?

Has this journey of learning how to live with an invisible enemy called COVID-19 made you a better person?

Is it helping you to look at life through a different set of glasses?

Are you looking from a perspective of love and understanding or self-preservation and self-righteousness?

The fact is we’ve always lived with an invisible enemy (evil) and it is leveraging its friend the COVID virus to snuff out the good in all of us.

So try your best to …

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.

What we see is definitely dependent upon what we are looking for and what we are looking for is dependent on whose will we are trying to live…ours or His.

Dear Heavenly Father,

In these difficult and uncertain times, I pray for the knowledge of Your will for me and the power to carry it out.


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