During his 100 years of life, renowned photographer Stanley Troutman has witnessed some profound events. In 1945, as a US Navy photographer, Troutman was deployed to Germany and Japan where he captured on film some of the most poignant images of World War II. After the war, as the official sports photographer for a large university, this believer in Jesus saw and documented amazing athletic feats.
Both experiences caused Stanley Troutman to recognize that in this complex world, the only way to steadily “run with endurance the race God has set before us” is by “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Seeing the world through a camera lens can reveal much about people’s hearts, their ambitions, and the times we live in. When we focus on Jesus and God’s wisdom found in Scripture, however, we can also see a Savior who calls us to “take a new grip” with our tired hands and to find strength for our “weak knees” in Him (Hebrews 12:12).
Jesus meets us in life’s battlefields and arenas—inviting us to look to Him, the only One who “endured the cross, disregarding its shame” and who embraced hostility from sinful people on our behalf so that we “[wouldn’t] become weary and give up” as we live out His calling for our lives (Hebrews 12:2-3).
God graciously invites us to cast our eyes on Jesus and encourages us to “mark out a straight path for [our] feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong” (Hebrews 12:13). Through Christ, “We are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, [so] let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).
Today, may we fix our eyes on Jesus and see all of life through the lens of His love.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Matthew 5:31-48
Read 2 Corinthians 5:7 in light of Hebrews 12:2 and consider what it means to keep your eyes on Jesus and not on what you see in this world.
How can you see challenging people and situations in life the way Jesus does? What in your life needs to change for you to see Christ more clearly?