The Eyes of Christ

Following Jesus requires
a lot more than learning
abstract ethical and moral principles;
it requires a change in heart,
a change in the way
we look at life.

A heart transformed
by the love of Christ
is a patient heart,
a heart that takes
the time to be still
and to listen.

To see
with the eyes of Christ,
is to see
the beauty of all creation,
to see
the beauty within ourselves
and within each other.

We are all in such a hurry,
rushing from here to there,
from this to that,
an endless treadmill
of movement going nowhere.
Anxiety is as common as a cold.
We are anxious about
the future, our jobs,
our relationships…
we are anxious about
virtually everything.
And our anxiety
breeds a drive to acquire
more and more of everything.
Nothing is enough.
We want more of everything.
More money, more prestige,
more clothing, more contacts,
better cars, bigger houses,
faster computers.

And in our endless movement,
our constant rushing,
we do not see
our own loneliness,
our brokenness.
We are all wounded.
But as our hearts
become more transformed
by the presence of Christ,
we are able,
in our weakness,
to feel the love of God
and to trust
in the abundance of God’s love.

Our relentless drive to acquire more
is fueled by our deep-rooted
sense of scarcity,
our inability to trust
that God wants
to give us all that we need.

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