Thursday, May 03, 2012

Visible Fake-Outs

We’re looking at the wrong place.

Although we are to no longer regard anyone from a worldly point of view (2 Corinthians 5:16), we still fall prey to the temporary temptation—even with ourselves. When we see our failures, struggles, and shortcomings, we begin to believe we are truly a mess in need of a lot of changes. What’s wrong with that? Soon we’ll become fascinated and fixated with ourselves instead of God. And that’s tragic. Preoccupation with ourselves is on the way in, and the awe of God, who lives within us, is on the way out.

Transfixed by the visible, the practical relevance of the invisible will slip away, and eternal truth will begin to miss the mark of the heart. We’ll begin to implore God to work on us, our misplaced faith missing the fact that He already has.

(From my book, "God's Astounding Opinion of You," Chapter 1.)


  1. Bruce Barteaux3:40 PM

    Man... now I haf'ta give up navel gazing... thanks Ralph!!!

  2. Kelly Atkinson Stull3:40 PM

    Ok, just wanta say, this pic HURTS!!!

  3. Dottie Ryan3:41 PM

    Thank you for the word and the reminder Ralph. I will go back and check out the rest of the page. Thank you so much. :)

  4. Jeffery Marshall10:56 PM

    I agree Ralph, unnecessary introspection can be dangerous. Focusing on the finished work of calvary is a much safer place... thanks.