I've come down with a cold/sinus infection or something this weekend. Hate feeling this way! I'm sure many of you can identify since this is the season for such maladies!
As I sat down to drink my hot tea in hopes that perhaps it would magically make me feel better I was encouraged by the cup I was drinking from. It simply says, "It's not the outlook but the uplook that counts!" And how true that little statement is! It's not really what is going on right here in front of my (somewhat red) nose that is so very important....but it's the whole picture of what God is orchestrating with eternity in mind that counts!
I can look OUT and see sickness, bad weather, poverty, crime, etc. Oh, I know there's a lot of good out there in the world, too, but sometimes that's not what we focus on. That can be pretty depressing.
Or, I can look UP and see how God daily offers His gift of salvation to the world. And He uses people....like you and me....to spread the Word about how much He loves people. His love and grace can make such a difference in a life! In fact, it makes ALL the difference. The difference between an eternity in heaven or in hell.
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4: 18
Once again as I raise my cup to my lips and let the hot liquid sooth my throat I agree with the caption on the cup...."Its NOT the OUTLOOK but the UPLOOK that counts!"
May we always look UP first in order that we may then look OUT with love and compassion in our hearts!
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" Titus 2: 13
God bless you!