DayBreaks for 12/14/18: Aiming Past Life
From the DayBreaks Archive, 12/9/98:
Okay, let’s see how many of you have tried this: have you ever put a board (even just one – and maybe a thin one at that) between two bricks and tried to break the board with your hand? I’ve tried it – on more than one occasion. I’ve seen it done in person (in fact, my oldest granddaughter can do it!) – but not just with one board, but with many boards, with cement blocks or blocks of solid ice. I can only say that if you tried it, I hope you were more successful than I. And I hope you didn’t hurt yourself, either!
It isn’t just big, hulking guys who do this kind of stuff. I’ve seen little folk do it – men and women. So the key to the ability to smash stuff like that with your bare hands can’t be based on brute strength.
There are actually two things that are necessary, according to those who bust stuff with their bare hands, if one is to break boards, ice or cement blocks with nothing more than the edge of a hand. Here they are: 1) focused concentration, and 2) aiming at a point just beyond the board. In other words, it is important to not get distracted by things around you as you focus on hitting a point in your mind that is just beyond the visible board. Of course, the “point” you aim at isn’t visible because the board blocks it from view, so that’s where the focus also comes into play.
Life is often somewhat like that board. It’s hard and unyielding. We bump up against it over and over and bruises are usually the result. Life doesn’t bend, as a general rule. If we are to break through the frustration of living in this world, we must be focused, and we must aim at something beyond this life – something that is just on the other side of what is visible. And then we must drive with all our force to that “something” that is just beyond our sight.
For Christians, we take note of what the Word says in 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) – So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. What is seen is like the board – it’s not really the goal – the goals is unseen, just on the “other side”. And again, Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) instructs us: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We are to focus all our energy, our vision, on Jesus. And where is he? Seated at the right hand of the throne of God. He’s in the realm of the unseen, and he awaits us just beyond what is visible.
Another way to think of this is that death is the board – a door, if you will – that prevents us from seeing what is not unseen. But it will not always be so. And what will we see when we break through? Jesus.
PRAYER: We pray that You will sharpen our focus and help us to remember that we are not to aim at things in this life that would distract us from what is presently unseen. Strengthen us to look beyond this life to see the Risen Son seated in glory, awaiting our arrival! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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