From Summit Church in Orlando, FL
A million things compete for our attention every single day, but which ones really deserve to be looked at? Life as a follower of Jesus will be a mixed bag of joy and heartache, but we always get to choose—do I fix my gaze on the burdens or the blessings? Paul’s letter to the Philippians is an affectionate thank-you to a church that cared for him at great personal cost. But in characteristic fashion, the apostle shifts the focus from his chains and their sacrifice to the work of Jesus Christ himself. When God’s promise of eternal life is in our sights, what temporary death to self can steal our joy? Let’s encourage our hearts to perceive the gifts right in front of us, and live each day as a thank-you note to Jesus.