Are you satisfied with mediocrity and middle of the road or do you long to shift your focus and rise up with wings like an eagle? As the years go by are you too longing to see restoration and the days of your lives crowned with the loving kindness of God?
Then it is time to raise the bar! What we believe determines the height of the bar. For a hurdler and a high jumper, their key to victory lies in aiming at that which is unseen to others. They are looking above the hurdles’s height and the bar’s barricade and in their mind’s eye they have made a successful jump.
We can use this application in every aspect of life. For instance in our marriages, so often we focus on the flaws of our spouse and harp on those little irritations until they become all that we can see. They blind us to the beauty and wonder of the love we share.
Peace with God and within our relationships creates intimacy
Love causes us to bless the gifts and talents in our spouse, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, and love compels us to live what the Word of God says and call those things that are not as though they were. We cease looking at the flaw and begin instead to consider the handiwork of God as we speak to and call forth the gifts and talents God has placed in that person. We continue to bless those gifts because the flaws that are grown out of today will leave room for new ones to sprout and flourish tomorrow! In other words it is easier sometimes to pick out the worst in someone else than it is to learn to speak the Word of God. When we do speak the Word, we are truly speaking the language of love.
It is time to shift our focus and become steeped in blessing – the blessing of the Father heart of God, His kind intentions towards us, His amazing, matchless love for us and His glory revealed in us. Blessing brings healing as the words of life affirm and create in us the Image of Christ in us the hope of glory. Blessing brings forth worth, unity and a sense of belonging.
When we seek the face of God to receive knowledge of His way of loving, when we seek first the Kingdom of God and understand in our spirits His righteousness, this is raising the bar in our lives for then our actions will be governed and controlled by His righteous, holy love.
Raising the bar in our lives will look different for each one of us because the “bar” is also the dream we focus on in our hearts. To shift our focus we search the heart of God to discover the dream in His heart for us that He wants us to live out so we experience abundance and satisfaction in our life.