What Faith Can Do ~ Faith will help us to remain focused.
Daily Reading: Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Most us of start the new year off, all pursuing the same thing. We want to be bet-ter. Whether we pledge to lose weight, get our finances on track, or choose better relationships, we all start off with a goal in mind. The ultimate goal is to make changes so that we can live better lives. Initially we go to the gym, plunk down that money for a membership, and we are faithful at first. We either get up early in the morning to get our workout completed, or we make time in the evening to get there and get that workout finished. We begin to be more conscious about what we are eating, some of us can and will track points, and others will keep food diaries. We all become more conscious about what we are doing and how we are doing it to achieve our ultimate goal. How-ever, somewhere along the way, we lose focus. Perhaps the weight is not coming off fast enough or perhaps we continue going to the same places, thereby meeting the same old people, whatever happens or however it happens, we somehow lose our focus. Once we lose our focus, our goal is no longer clear, it begins to get fuzzy; once it gets fuzzy, it becomes easy to forget what we were looking at in the first place. Our vision has become blurry, so we can no longer focus on the big picture, which was to become healthier, to choose better relationships and so on.
Do you not know that it is the same way in the spiritual realm? At the beginning of the year, most of us also decide to walk a little closer with God. But as soon as things begin to happen, the boss wants us to work overtime, we get busy with the kids, we start snoozing our clocks in the morning, and slowly we lose our focus. Suddenly getting closer to God is just not that important anymore because we have gotten busy. Losing our spiritual focus is much more dangerous than losing our physical focus. We lose our spiritual focus and we lose our soul. We only go around this one time and once it is over, it is over. We have to remain focused on the fact that this world is not our home. We have to remain focused, so that no matter the test, trial or storm, God is with us. Do not lose focus.
Prayer of Praise: Lord, help me to remain focused on You and the plans that You have for my life. It is so easy to get distracted and disillusioned in my daily walk, but help me to hold on and remain steadfast. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thought for today: Today I will remain focused on the promises of God.
Copyright © 2013 by Cassandra Baker Durham
excerpt from the book Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do