A few people in my life have noticed that I have this silly habit of walking around with my head down. I call it distracted walking. Just the other day I walked right by two of my good friends at the mall without even noticing them until they were waving both hands in the air and yelling my name.
You miss a lot when you’ve got your head to the ground.
This has led me to ask questions like “How often are we actually engaged in our life?” and “Do we see how God is at work around us?”
The pastor at my church recently asked “Are you humbled by Jesus?” As I wrestled with this question I began to wonder if I am really ever humbled by much. It is more likely that I am too often impressed with myself and my world and unmoved by much else. I think we can all name that struggle— it’s pride.
But I think it’s also a result of living a “head down” kind of life.
It’s a life concerned with getting from point A to point B. One that goes through the motions—morning coffee, drive to work, and the habitual scrolling on our devices that leaves us looking with wonder at the perfectly-curated, adventure-filled lives of others.
It makes me ask the deeply important question: Do we make space to be humbled by Jesus?
“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Col. 3:1-2 (MSG)
In the book of Romans, Paul reminds us that God is waiting to be seen. In every created thing we can see His glory revealed. Knowing of God is one thing, but when we live in humility because of who He is, that changes everything about the way we lead. We go from being self-absorbed to generous and from greedy to grateful. Our eyes become open to the Kingdom of God.
Have you been feeling dissatisfied with your life lately?
Have your efforts in ministry or relationships been unsuccessful?
Have you felt consumed with comparison?
Have you settled for the appearance of passion for God?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions then I want you to know you are not alone. The world does this to all of us. We can become so numbed by it that we end up in a place we no longer recognize. If we’re not careful we can lead others there with us. So it may be time to pick up our heads and get a change of perspective.
We can pretend to have it all together, but that’s exhausting and temporary. The best way forward is simple, but there are no step-by-step instructions to this. God is after our hearts and he wants a relationship with us. Jesus’s invitation is to rest in Him. Meditate on Jesus’ words from Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)…
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
What would it take for you to love freely and lightly with Jesus?