How You See

Perspective is powerful.

Jesus said how you see the world around you, impacts you:

“Your eyes are windows into your body.  If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”‭‭

Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬ ‭MSG‬‬

How you look at the world around you impacts how you experience the world within you.

Do you see the world and the people in it with wonder and delight or in fear and distrust?

Have you “pulled the blinds” and given up?

If so, you are in a dark place.

Jesus came for you.

He came to unleash heaven’s light and love in you.

He came to heal the hurts and tend the wounds that fester distrust and fear.

He came to restore wonder.

He came to restore you.

Gifts to Give

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! ”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG

Today is the Grasso’s traditional day to begin the Christmas Shopping mayhem. It is Black  Friday and it seems as if the gift-giving potential skyrockets to the stars with the amazing deals thrown at us from every source.  There is, of course, a budget, a plan and the execution of that plan lead by Bobby Grasso himself.

As the gift-buying season begins, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give this year. Gifts unique to you and those gifts are meant to be given.

A great orchestra with a hundred different instruments playing together is great because each individual has grown in, practiced relentlessly and played their own instrument until it is an extension of themselves.

By using the gifts God has given you, the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, the driving passion of your heart, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.

It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, it is a needed thing.

The world needs people who are connected to God, using their gifts so that God is revealed and those people can get connected to God. When people are connected to God they pass from death to life and from darkness to light.  With Him they begin to develop their gifts so that others can get connected to God and pass from death to life… you get the picture.

You may hide your gifts thinking they are not good enough. You may not grow in them because you think you are not good enough. But this isn’t about you, this is about God using your gifts to bring blessings to others through you.

In the midst of gift buying madness, may you not neglect the rich gifts God has given you and give them away freely with love, grace, and joy.

What gifts has God given you?

How are you going to use them to bless someone today?

Have you grown them, practiced them relentlessly and walked in them until they are an extension of who you are to the glory of God?

If not, begin doing it today.

If you have done it before and stopped, begin again today.

My Window

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I sat for hours and looked out the window. I sat and saw the sun rise. I saw the neighbors pass. I saw the kids walk by, I saw the world walk by. They were dim figures, shadows passing by, bits of life around me. But I could not see them very well. My windows were dirty. From storms and dust, wind and rain on the outside. From grim and dirt flung around on the inside. I found a cloth and wiped it down. The world outside was still blurry but brighter and that was better than before.

I watched the cars drive down the street, I watched the neighbors fight outside, I saw the little girls next door draw on the sidewalk and ride their bikes in front of my house.

I took my rag, now dirty and washed it in the sink. I squeezed out my prejudice and assumptions, my fears and protective attitudes. I brought it back to my window and washed it again. With every swipe of my my cloth, the window got clearer, brighter and the room I sat in warmed in the afternoon shade. I saw the sun touch the leaves in the trees and make their bright dying leaves look like gold. I saw a smile form on a friend’s face as she came to my door. My door! I wasn’t afraid like I was before. I could see that she brought me no harm. She came with smile, she offered me love. I could open the door and let her in. I didn’t have to pretend that no one was home for fear’s sake and shame’s whisper.

I opened the door. I saw the world clearly. There was so much to do. I stepped out of my home and walked in the world. I lived and laughed and pushed my boys on the swing at the park.

I returned to my home as the sun set on that day and took my dirty cloth to the sink once more. I pushed soap out of it’s container and turned up the water until it was hot. I soaked my rag until it steamed and then took it to my window. I scrubbed until the blurriest smudge was gone, I wiped it dry and clean. I wanted to see the world around me for what it was and no longer through a dirty window. Now, I wash my windows every morning and in joy look out to see the great artistry that my Father in heaven has prepared for me.

“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!” (Matthew 6:22, 23 MSG)