Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sharing His Beauty Link Up
Now, I’m not going to suggest that we keep our heads in the sand, oblivious to the importance of world events. It is wise to be aware of the challenges of the day – to be prepared, to help, and to pray. But, I am going to say that for me, I need to limit my exposure.
Have you noticed the trend of putting extremely eye-catching or even shockingly intriguing links to stories in the sidebar of most news sites? One click takes us to a new, depressing article, which leads us to another and then another. Before we know it an hour has passed and we are miles down the rabbit trail, lost in a labyrinth of discouraging and dismal events.
I call those links “click-bait” and they tend to pull me away from the beauty of today and all the good God is doing in our world. When allowing myself to head down that path I become distracted, discouraged and negative, which is exactly what our enemy wants. When we are discouraged, we feel hopeless and are less productive for God…and I certainly don’t want that!
In Philippians 4:8, Paul instructs us to “Fix (our) thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What occupies our minds will determine our outlook and actions. As I seek to live fully in 2016, I want my outlook to be positive and full of hope, one that shines Christ’s love. I want to be a beacon of light rather than a person who exudes gloom and doom.
And so, I am choosing to focus on all that is good, praising God for His greatness and shining for Him.
Where has God shown you His beauty this week? Please join me to share the blessing that God is to you in your life. Write a post on your own blog and then simply click on the "You're Next" linky below and enter your blog information. You can find more information about Sharing His Beauty by clicking the tab in my top menu.
You can also Tweet your participation by clicking here: #Sharinghisbeauty
I'd also love to hear from you in the comment section of my blog! You may leave a comment on this post to tell of the beauty you have found in His hands. Be sure to visit some of the other inspirational sites linked up and be encouraged today!