April will be a journey. For every day (except Easter, for I took that as rest with fam) it is my plan to share life happenings, conversations, insights. I hope you enjoy this whimsical look at my life and get a glimpse into my warped mind – and maybe ponder a little more of how great our God is.
Easter weekend was a joy. An extra day off to be with Lisa. Easter Worship at GateWay on Saturday and ParkwayHills on Sunday. Bible Study time with Lisa (going through Greear’s ‘Not God Enough’). Best Burger place Kincaid’s. Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park with Lisa (Okay, Steel City Pops only had Vanilla, not my fav). Calvin got a spankin’ new MacBook Air – so I got my MacBook Pro back. And other great moments – all with Lisa right by my side.
Now what am I going to take away from this weekend – a quote from a new TV comedy ‘Splitting Up Together.’ There was a moment that the ex-husband was taking dance lessons. The instructor, a 20-something girl that raised eyebrows by the ex-wife as to why was she visiting her ex, said the most important thing for the man to do was to never lose eye contact. Eye contact is where the couple stays connected, where the intents, the souls blend (note: a little paraphrased for those sticklers that read this). Flashbacks to the wedding where he did not dance with his bride, where she looked disappointed, and he did not get it. He stopped dancing with the instructor, stared into the air, and said that he just realized what he had done wrong with his marriage.
Why will this stick with me? I mean it was an event filled weekend. As I reflect on the two key relationships in my life – Jesus and Lisa – I realize that it is when I take my eyes off them that the relationships take a hit. And I need to own up to this.
First, Lisa. Too often I focus on troubles, finances, disputes, differences. I get vexed and my relationship hurts. Now three words always keep us together – NO WAY OUT. So I don’t ever ponder Splitting Up as the TV show advocates But sometimes I am not giving her the attention she deserves or the love we know is there. We look for distractions or anything – anything. And this is not good for the relationship or for her. MAN UP TODD. It is interesting that our relationship with Christ is also seen as a marriage. This principle relates to the second one I pondered this week.
I am referring to Jesus. Sometimes, when I go to worship and focus more about music, media, preferences, or the mess of other stuff than I do about Jesus, then, well you get it. Peter was walking on water and when he took his eyes of Jesus and saw the wind, the boy began to sink. Did you get that? He saw the wind! How do you see the wind? I realize the effects, the waves, the water ripping, but the WIND? His eyes left Jesus and he was looking at – nothing. How often do we the same thing? We take our eyes of Him.
Maybe look through Scripture this week and seek where it refers to keeping our eyes, our thoughts, our hearts on Him. Go ahead, Google it, plenty there.
Easter is not the only day to focus on the risen Savior – Every day is Easter. So every day – keep your eyes on Him – the one who began and will bring to completion the faith we have. Easter is a great reminder – but we need to remember to keep our eyes on Him every day!