The big brown eyes of my grandson, Ian dance with excitement as he chatters back and forth with me. The conversation covers many subjects and is generally guided by whatever he is focused on in the moment. The sweetness of his heart speaks through his eyes and echoes from his words as he whispers “I love you MiMi.” Every moment of life is a treasure and lived to the fullest when you are three years old. It hopefully grows stronger and finds more meaning as 3 turns to 13, and then 23, which quickly leads through every decade and every season of life.
So, what makes this happen in anyone’s life? What gives meaning beyond circumstances and what allows a full heart to overflow with gratitude? What makes life a treasure to be lived fully and with deep joy? These questions certainly permeate our culture as people from every ethnicity, every socioeconomic class, and every political persuasion try to make sense out of life. Maybe this same question cries out from your heart too.
It has been said, “What we see, determines what we believe, and what we believe sets in motion how we live.” Just as the eyes of my Ian brush his sweetness over my heart, so do our eyes open up the world in which we live, giving way to shaping our heart and mind.
So, the question for Christ followers becomes, what do we see? As we read the account of the Gospels or hear the message of the Messiah, what do our eyes see? What is being transferred from vision to belief and from belief to embracing the treasured life, lived to the fullest?
In Hebrews 1:3, Paul reminds us of the truth in which we find the key to a beautiful life. God is the Creator, majestic, and covered by a radiance of glory. He upholds the universe simply by the power of his Word. The imprint of His nature is carried by Jesus who made the purification for our sins. Jesus now sits at His right hand. We are invited to know Him, to love Him, and to be in relationship with Him for eternity.
Our job is simply to believe. When we see God through Jesus, our hearts are opened wide to be filled with the truth of who He is and the magnificence of His great name.
It is only through Jesus that mankind finds redemption from self, the gift of salvation, and the restoration of every part of life. It is only through Jesus that the treasured life is measured and found to be enough.
Today, I choose to see Jesus, to believe the message He brings, and to live fully in every moment.
So, what do you see? What do you believe? The answer will always determine how well you live.
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”