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What Do You See? The Glass or the View Beyond?

We have to fine tune our focus everyday. Is it on the things of this world or is it on Jesus Christ? In his book, Windows of the Soul, Ken Gire gives a wonderful picture of our focus problems with this quote from Benjamin Warfield ...

A glass window stands before us. We raise our eyes and see the glass; we note its quality, and observe its defects; we speculate on its composition. Or we look straight through it on the great prospect of land and sea and sky beyond.

It can be so easy to slip into focusing upon the "glass" of our homeschool. We tear ourselves up inside and out over work not getting done or work being done incorrectly, over wrong attitudes that threaten to throw us off track, over what others think of our family, our children, our homeschool, ourselves, over a schedule not kept, plans gone awry, trials overwhelming us. We puff ourselves up over well-behaved children, schedules that work, work that excels, test scores that rank our children above school children.

In doing this, we lose sight of the eternal plans that the Lord has for us, His promises to us, His love and joy and victory! In Windows of the Soul, Ken Gire gives a good explanation of why this happens ...

[S]o often we don't give something a second look because we don't think there is anything there to see. To respect something is to understand that there is something there to see, that it is not all surface, that something lies beneath the surface, something that has the power to change the way we think or feel, something that may prove so profound a revelation as to change not only how we look at our lives but how we live them.

We will have tough days and super days homeschooling, but each day we can take that second look to see beyond the surface, seeking and searching for God communicating with us.

I hope you won't mind me throwing in one last thought that came to me as I typed these thoughts out. Have you ever felt better by just knowing others have the same struggles? Our comfort doesn't lie in knowing that tough days happen to all of us. Our comfort comes in knowing that the Lord has good plans for us even in the midst of our trials, that *He* provides the view beyond the glass, the "something more" beyond the surface of our lives.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. - Psalm 121:1-3

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. - Psalm 37:4-5

September 2, 1998
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