Friends Photo: Focus

Today’s photo theme is “Focus” and comes from a new blogger friend, Jim, who shares beauty and wisdom that inspires me each day at his blog: jimfields.wordpress.com

What does “Focus” mean to you?

Sometimes focusing on the details can be rather abstract, confusing, or maybe details just don’t let us see the true beauty.  Details can be choppy, crude or even obscure.

When that happens, when the big picture gets lost in the details, we have to step back and look from a different vantage point to see with more clarity.

In other words sometimes the greater beauty is seen in the big picture where the details combine and fit together.

The details of life are the moments, the efforts, the work, the play, the things that happen to us or for us.  The larger picture is our goals, where we’re headed in life, what we look forward to…And sometimes life distracts us from the larger picture – usually because we are so intent looking at how to make the best of the moment, or because things don’t always go the way we plan.

The same is true in our religious life.  The detail is the life we live day-to-day and the effort we make at helping God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  The larger picture is people, mission is people…It is helping people see the beauty in the life of Jesus Christ, the mind of God.

A balanced Christian life is living the details all the while keeping an eye to Jesus.  Sometimes we can see clearly up close…other times to see clearly we have to back off and broaden our vision.

Peace,

Jim FieldsJim

 

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Friends Photos: Love Redeemed

Today’s theme is “Love Redeemed” and comes from my dear  friend Melody, who shares the beauty minute she discovered in the memory of one very un-beautiful Valentine’s Day.

What does “Love Redeemed” mean to you?

Valentine’s Day Rewind: Love Redeemed

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Broken HeartIt was on this “day of love” eleven years ago that I discovered my husband had not only purchased gifts for my daughters and me, but also for another woman.

While I have forgiven him many times for his decision to walk away permanently, there is always the memory that pops into my mind on Valentine’s Day.

So where is the beauty?

It is the power of Christ to make all things new.

Love Redeemed: Melody and Jon - married September 2011

Love Redeemed: Melody and Jon – married September 2011

It is the faithfulness of God to work all things together for good.

It is in knowing that what the enemy meant to steal, kill, and destroy, God turned into a beautiful masterpiece.

There’s a beauty minute in today’s memory that I choose to gaze upon joyfully.

God’s love redeems.

~Melody