Focus on God - "Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." Verse 2.
Step one: Listen to better music.
Step two: Look for Him.
After working out, I threw my things on the floor and put Hurley on his leash for a walk. As we walked around the neighborhood, I realized just how cold I was going to be. Short sleeves, ratty pants, and soaked with sweat. Throw in January at dusk, and I needed Hurley to hurry up.
With all that going on, I guess my focus wasn't really on God, but rather on how uncomfortable I was. Suddenly, I heard steps behind me, and a little man was walking behind me, quiet as a mouse. I feel like I tromp around like a dinosaur, so it startled me when I turned around and found him so close. What's sad is that my immediate reaction was defense. I was alone with a poor excuse for a guard dog, and it was getting dark.
When I actually looked at the man's face, I saw the kindness in his eyes, and the calmness in his step-- hence the quiet walking. He smiled and asked, "Aren't you cold?" I had to laugh. Yes, in fact I WAS cold. And I was too blinded by it to see an opportunity to show love to a neighbor. The little old man passed me on the sidewalk and walked into his house.
The funny thing about listening to better music, is that you start to notice different things. I love Brandon Heath. He sang these words on my radio this morning, and I think they are pretty fitting for my evening.
Give me your eyes for just one second,
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I've been missing,
Give me your love for humanity.