"Lord, unify our athletes and
coaches, that they may dwell together in the common bond of
-- Psalm 133:1
|Fix My Eyes |
since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us
throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for
us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our
faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning
its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.” -Hebrews 12:1-3
SET: Sandi could tell
you that your balance follows your gaze. He’d stopped his mountain
bike just above a trail intersection. I was waiting for him on the
trail below him and to his right. Being new to the kind of pedals
that held his feet captive in metal clips, he focused on getting his
left foot out before he lost all of his forward momentum. Proud of
his success, he turned his gaze to the right to meet mine—and his
weight followed his eyes: in slow motion he keeled over down the
slope toward me, still unable to free his right foot from the pedal.
He tumbled unhurt into an avalanche of late-autumn leaves, branches
and his own bike.
His fall reminded me of the times I’d
ridden trails and come across a rock or tree stump standing out
against the flat dirt. I’d make a concerted effort to move my eyes
away from the object while thinking, “Whatever you do, don’t hit
that!” And of course, because I was looking right at it, that’s
exactly where my bike went. Over the years I’ve learned the same
painful lesson about riding a horse or flying an airplane—and about
walking the Straight and Narrow Road. Perhaps that’s why the author
of Hebrews wrote, “Fix your eyes on Jesus…”
Like the bike
trails in rocky New Mexico, the path I walk as a Christian on earth
is riddled with rocks, stones, stumps, forks, switchbacks, hills and
valleys. And if that isn’t enough, a lion lurks among the dense
foliage along the way. He slinks along, just waiting for us to
stumble, even pushing things into the path or clearing a dead-end
trail fork so that it looks far more inviting than the Straight and
Narrow. We need to know he’s there so we can recognize his wiles.
But we also must know that turning aside to catch a glimpse of him
would lead to a wreck. The only way to navigate this Road is to fix
our eyes on where we need to go—to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the
1. Where are the eyes of your heart fixed?
2. Are you as
intent on your course in your spiritual life as you are in your
Donna Douglass is an FCA Endurance Board Member. Visit www.donnadouglass.com.
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