Focus

Hebrews 12:2: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)

Lord, I seem to be going in all directions this morning.  I pick up something in one room and take it to another confusionroom, where I see something that I need to do, which leads me to another room and another task.  I have made my own amusement park ride – going in all directions just to end up where I started.  I decide I need to sit down with my cup of reheated-again-coffee, take a breath, and focus.  Lord, I hear Your still, small voice reminding me that the way I live my life is sometimes like my time this morning.  I spend a lot of time going in all directions when I need to focus on You and the direction that you have for me.  Studies have shown that where our eyes go, our bodies will follow.  Runners are told to focus on a point ahead.  Professional drivers are told to focus on the road.  Christians are told to focus on You.  We all know what can happen when we lose focus.  Runners cross out of their lanes.  Drivers run off the road.  Christians become confused.  Matthew 14:29 tells us that Peter was walking on water when his focus was on You but sinking in the water when his focus changed.  Professional drivers have caused major traffic issues because their focus changed.  Well-trained runners have caused injuries to themselves and others when their focus changed. Christians have become mired in sin because their focus changed.  Lord, help me to keep my focus on You, to look to You on my life’s walk, to look to You when things seem to be racing by, to look to You when I am on top and when circumstances seem to be pulling me under.  Lord, help me to focus on You instead of the situation, to focus on Your healing instead of the pain, to focus on Your generosity instead of my wants.  Psalm 121:5 says that You watch over me. Thank You, Lord, for never losing Your focus.

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