My husband Tim is a great skier, but rare to many husbands, he’s also a great teacher. When skiing, he often exhorts me to look where I want to go. Instead of staring at the body stopping trees, my eyes need to look for the tiny sliver of space. He calls this a path. If I focus on the sharp branches sticking out, or the large ‘swallow you up’ holes around the trees, I invariably get tangled or tripped up, but when I look where I want to go my skis miraculously go there.
Most, if not all sports, use this phrase. Watch any professional tennis player and you’ll see that their eyes never leave the ball, even if they’re falling to the ground. We recently took a surf lesson in NZ, and the surf instructor said the same thing. Look where you want to go!
Turns out that this lesson applies to more than sports; it’s a life principle. As believers, we are encouraged to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. Simply put, where we look is where we will go.
If we constantly focus on what is negative or sinful, that is the direction we will go. If we are constantly looking back, we will soon trip up. Our eyes are placed on the front on our head, facing forward; the direction we are to walk.
So, let us lift up our heads and press on. Our goal is Christ, therefore our view needs to be Christ. Let us run this race together, always looking to where we want to go.
Heb 12: 1-2 “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”