Sparkling Eyes

Don’t you love when you come across a person who is just in LOVE with what they do?

Most folks will sheepishly mention what they do for a living or what they’re studying and quickly change the subject because they don’t have much else to add to the conversation… But every once in a while, you’ll come across that one bright spirit who is so unmistakably pursuing their dreams. Not only do their eyes shine when they tell you what they do, but as they elaborate on the fact, even the grumpiest of us can’t help but feel genuinely happy for them!

We’ve become a culture that has gotten too comfortable with mediocrity. Everything is “just fine” or “alright.” No one gets excited about things or has GRAND expectations. Most of us just figure that what we’re given in life are the cards we’ve been dealt with and we better make the most of them! While there’s truth to that, it doesn’t mean we have to just “deal with it.”

What if we took the time to recognize that our lives were so carefully and preciously planned by the Creator of the universe? Think about that for a second. There are more than 7 billion people in the world right now, and each of us was created by the same God. And yet, before I was even an inkling in anybody’s mind, He cared enough to very specifically and creatively piece me together. Someone who has more than 7 billion other people to care about, very tenderly cares about YOU.

Well I’ll tell you one thing – If we were to remember that fact a little more often, I think we would consider our lives far from mediocre! In fact, everyone we come across would understand (and maybe even be weirded out by the fact) that we are simply OVERJOYED at how God has so carefully allowed things to happen in our lives! Our occupations could become exciting because we’d be looking forward to serving Him through our work as a way of saying “Thank You.” Going through our studies, although challenging at times, could be seen as an opportunity to minister to those around us as we are joyful in His blessings – even when things get stressful throughout the school year.

You see, we can choose to view life through eyes that see mediocrity or eyes that sparkle at the wonder and unspeakable joy that comes from knowing there’s so much more to what we see in life now. What will you choose to see?

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. | Colossians 3:15-17

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