“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:16-18 (ESV)
Let’s face it…it’s difficult not to be influenced by the world we live in. After all, we interact with our world in one way or another continually throughout the day. We turn on the TV to get some news or weather…and we are also exposed to commercials containing the world’s propaganda. Most of what we read either in print or on the Internet is written from a worldly perspective. Even in medicine, our work focuses on the things that are seen more than on the things that are unseen.
It’s the reality of the world we live in.
The seen is right in front of us.
The unseen is…well…unseen!
How are we supposed to look to things that are unseen?
It requires two things of us.
First, it requires that we develop the ability to look away from the things that are seen. This means that we do not allow ourselves to become entranced by the world’s goods. We regularly remind ourselves that every material possession we own or purchase will pass away.
Earthly goods are temporal.
Second, we need to spend enough time and energy thinking, reading, and learning about the things that are unseen so that we develop a love and desire for those things.
But how do we get there?
The answer is through small steps.
In 2010, the performance manager for the British cycling team began to improve everything the cycling team was doing by 1%. Everything was evaluated and improved by just a small amount.
Their nutrition, their method of sleeping, their bike seats…everything was improved by just a small amount.
In 2012 they won the Tour de France for the first time.
In 2013 they won it again.
Imagine the impact if each day, we spend 1% more time focused on the unseen rather than the seen?
Prayer: Lord help me make the time to focus on You!