Whether it be a phone, tablet, television, or computer screen, it seems like everyone in this day and age has their attention turned to something structured by pixels.  It is a common bit of advice to encourage each other to look up from our devices and experience the life that was designed for us by our creator.

Perhaps more important than the series of events happening around us is the way we react to them.  Have you ever noticed how a difficult circumstance can exclusively change your mood and/or behavior at the drop of a dime?  Living in Atlanta, I am faced with the frustrating yet guaranteed struggle of driving my car through the city during peak traffic hours.  This is no simple task as all hours seem to be called peak hours and volume on the interstate is heavy regardless of the route.  Although this seems so trivial, the traffic often affects my temperament in a negative way.

It occurred to me that if I allow something as insignificant as a traffic jam affect my attitude, I needed a perspective check. This is when I remembered something that one of my pastors once shared with me, the concept of EYES UP - the idea to physically look up.  It is remarkable the impact this small action has in situations as small as a traffic jam or something much larger.  At the first sign of frustrated emotion, I look up and work to remember that my current circumstance is a moment of God’s design for my life. This practice grounds me so quickly and helps me to find a moment of calm in my chaos, ultimately helping me regain my joy in even the toughest of situations.

I challenge us this week to not only look up from our online notifications and emails, but to also intentionally remember to look up from our current circumstances, gain perspective, and remember our very important role in this world.

The below prayer was shared with me and it reminds me to look up, allow God to write my story, and accept his plan with open hands - I hope it encourages you as well.

The is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring, but make me ready for whatever it may be.  If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.  Make these words more than words and give me the spirit of Jesus.  Amen.