What are you looking for today?
You have access to the world at your fingertips, you can follow an unfollow, like and unlike and click on any emoji to share your feelings. You can search and google anything and everything you want. There is no distance you can't go, no knowledge you can't find and no opinions you can't see. It's everywhere, and anywhere and it will affect your internal culture, your soul if you allow it. When did this become so normal? And do we think this is healthy? That this is good?
We are soulful beings, soul-filled beings, with an eternal life at stake and those souls that we were given were not created with the ability to sift through over thousands of words a minute, of different peoples lives with a flick of the thumb, to see disasters all over the world, to see hate, anger, hurt and brokenness. (Now I agree we must be aware, however there needs to be lines and safety measures for your soul. You can all tell when you have seen too much can't you?)
And whatever you are looking for today you will find. The stain on the couch instead of being grateful for a place to sit. Your husband leaving something out instead of seeing all that he does around the house. Your stretch marks instead of the strength of your body, your uneven skin tone instead of your beautiful eyes. Your children’s mess instead of the memories…guilty very very guilty.
You will find what you are looking for…so what exactly are you looking for? That’s the question I hope you ask yourself today in this trying season of our nation. There is an outward culture and an inward culture…the outward should never be able to effect the inward but it does, and it does it so often. It's been a heavy year so far, and it's taking us on a rollercoaster of emotions. But God...hmm..but God. How often did David pen those words…in the midst of his trouble, of his fear of running for his life he said BUT GOD.
You see you will find what you are looking for. Turn on the news and you will find disaster, whether it's true or not, you will find it. Social media? Reasons to complain or compare. But If you want peace open your Bible. It’s full of it. Full of everything you could possibly need to take care of the inward culture. Because when your inward culture, your soul, is filled up with peace, joy, perspective, heavenly wisdom, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, it doesn’t matter anymore what the outward culture is doing or saying. It’s hard to live in a fallen world where the god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unsaved. (2 Corinthians 4:4) If you belong to Jesus then you don’t belong here, we are meant to be IN the world but not OF it. That’s not easy…it’s the hardest mindset I have ever tried to hold onto.
But again, you will find what you are looking for. If the eyes are the gateway to the soul (Matthew 6:22-24) then what you watch, what you read, what you scroll through matters…it matters…IT MATTERS. More is depending upon it than we know.
If I can be completely vulnerable here the Lord told me months ago, in regards to social media, “If you can’t do it with a pure heart don’t do it at all.” So I want to pass this onto you. What are you looking for today? A reason to complain? To fear? To Worry? Are you looking for a fight? Are you looking for someone who seems to have a better life than you based off their little 1080 x 1080 squares? The filter, posed, cropped photo with the perfect preset…that’s stealing your joy?…but again…you will find what you are looking for?
Hows your heart today? How’s your soul? I just want to encourage you while we are right in the middle of this crazy year to maybe to do a reset: soul detox, a social detox, a screen detox…ask yourself what am I looking for? What do I want to find? This year matters. And you don’t have to survive through it, or go into hiding till it’s over. The earth is His footstool…the King of all Kings…this is no surprise to Him. You can live a victorious life right here and right now.
Me? I am looking for joy, for patience with four kids that I feel like I don’t know how to love and nurture right now. I am looking for the ability to see my interruptions as divine appointments for me to learn patience and love. I am looking for peace. I am looking for deep breaths, and adventures and creativity and beautiful spaces, and places to remind me of God’s goodness EVEN in this midst of this HE IS GOOD. Even in the anger HE IS JOY. 2020 has been the year of complete exposure, now I know you might be thinking politics, agendas…yes yes I see that too…but I am talking about YOU! 2020 has made us all come face to face with some baggage we have been carrying around for years and it’s time to let it go. It’s time to break free…but what are you looking for? Because what you are looking for…you will surely find.