Amy Carmichael was a Christian missionary who served in India until her death in 1951, bringing the love of Jesus to countless women who suffered in heartbreaking conditions. She spent her entire adult life in that country, pouring out her gifts and trusting in God to do what he wanted and willed, no matter what the earthly results. After her death, a loved one studied all of the photos that Amy had taken in India. In the entire collection, she couldn’t find a single picture of Amy herself. Not one selfie!
Amy imitated Jesus’ friend John the Baptist. During that crucial time in history when John’s followers instead turned their attention to Jesus, the Baptist confessed, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). John found immense joy whenever people gave their attention to Jesus.
Believers like John and Amy found all the attention they needed in God. When you know that God himself pays attention to you, listens to your prayers, and has the very hairs on your head numbered, it has a way of filling up your need for attention. You can gladly turn the focus toward Jesus’ glory, Jesus’ name, and Jesus’ reputation on earth.
In our pay-attention-to-me world, it’s nearly impossible to hold the world’s attention for long. Thankfully, you don’t have to. You are free from that exhausting burden when you know that the entire Trinity—Father, Son, and Spirit—have their eyes turned in your direction all day long. So rejoice today! You are known and loved by God himself.