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Do you find yourself lost in the busyness of life? Are the goals and tasks you’ve set keep you on track? Or do they instead of keeping you focused, have you all over the place? Sometimes they can become a constant reminder of how much you have to do and how much of that you haven’t done. And it’s frustrating. Instead of what they are intended to do, they do quite the opposite. It feels like all you can do is tread water. And so, you stay in the proverbial hamster wheel and run yourself slap out of steam. You begin to doubt if you were meant to do this thing or not, because if you were, there’s no way it would be this hard, right?
Truth: God never said it would be easy.
In fact, He promised quite the opposite. Thankfully, though, the one thing He did promise is that He would never leave us.
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
In our trials and suffering, or even our everyday humdrum or daily mayhem, God is there. Be that as it may, I often let things draw my focus away.
Losing sight of what’s really important
If I were a betting woman, I’d bet you have this same trouble from time to time. We lose sight of what’s really important and the things that really matter. Take the holiday season, for example.
We get caught up in planning our dinners and parties, doing all the things to prepare for those. In fact, we get so caught up at times that we lose sight of what we are really celebrating. Our focus has become a meal, a clean house, beautiful decorations; rather than thankfulness for provisions, family, and friends.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
I want to challenge us all to keep our focus during the holiday season.
I love old hymns. They take me to a place in my childhood, but more importantly, they always point us to God: his grace and mercy; his love and kindness; his sacrifice and redemption of sinners. One of my all time favorites is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
When we turn to Jesus, look fully at Him, not being distracted by the things around us and not being pulled in different directions, it all fades.
Bringing back our focus.
It’s so easy to lose focus and get distracted. When you find yourself in that place, go back to the place where you can see Him.
First, slow down. Take the time to enjoy the people and wonderful things right around you. Breathe deeply and be thankful.
Secondly, go to God’s Word. Read the Psalms and let Him calm your rushed and hurried spirit. It’s amazing the gems you will find in the Psalms. You’ll see that David, one of the greatest men to ever live, lost sight and needed to refocus.
Next, find some good praise and worship music or hymns. Music speaks to me, and most likely it does you, too. Here are some of my favorites:
|King of My Heart||Sovereign Over Us|
|Though You Slay Me||What a Beautiful Name|
|Shoulders||Give Me Jesus|
|No Longer Slaves||Never Been a Moment|
|Lord, I Need You||Death Was Arrested|
**Just about any hymn that Selah does is great! Also, I love DappyKeys.
And finally, go back to a time when you know the Lord called you. When things get frustrating and crazy, and they often do, take time to go back to that day and remind yourself that, yes, you were indeed called to this.
My prayer for us:
Lord, let it be that we look at you and keep our blinders on. Help us to seek you and remember what we are here for. There will always be prettier and bigger and better things, but nothing can compare to your glory. Keep that ever on our hearts. When we do get distracted and lost in all the stuff and yuck of life, set us back right so that we can see you and focus on you once more.
Be blessed! If we focus on Jesus, I have no doubt we will be blessed more than we could ever think or imagine.
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