Dear Younger Me, 

Look out and look others and God. When you live focused on yourself, you see all your faults, failures, and flaws, and that rules you. You forget God’s command to love others, and you forget to love God. Look out at others. Love them. Serve them. Hear them. Celebrate them. See God in them. Life isn’t all about you. In fact, it’s not about you. Your life needs to be about Him, and one of the ways you do that is by loving His people. 

Look up at God. Look at Him. You’ll realize someday that honing in on your faults only seems to make them larger, but when you stop focusing on them and just look at God, you can see yourself more clearly. That's not to say you ignore your mistakes and mess-ups, but rather you decide not to be absorbed by them. And when you look at God, you realize you aren’t Him. Behold His love and power and might and sovereignty and know He reigns and He’s over you. Marvel at Him. Rejoice in Him. Take the magnifying glass off examining yourself and instead magnify your God.  

I know you want to be the best version of you and you see all these things you want to change about yourself, but the very best you is simply you in God. The best you is you running to His heart. The best you is you championing Him and His people.  

So look out at His people, and look up at Him. In Colossians 3, it says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” That’s where your eyes and your mind should be. 



Authored by Shine.FM on February 28, 2022.