Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Outpourings: True Focus

How easily do you lose focus?

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For me, it is actually quite easy to maintain my focus.  I feel grateful that God built my mind in a very task-oriented fashion.  However, when it comes to staying focused on things of eternal value--I need some serious reminders.  What about you?

1 John 2:15-17 says:

"Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." 

There is no option for a dual-focus here.  Just as man cannot serve both God and money, man cannot love the world and the Father.  Now, "loving" the world in this case does not mean caring for the world or having a heart for worldly things, like beautiful places and people.  It means placing your most deeply held values and foundation in the world, and not in eternity.  It asks, "What are you making the foundation of your life?"

Today will bring many tasks, many obligations, many to-do's, many challenges and many goals.  May today's outpouring be to maintain a singular focus on God and the things of eternity.  May we take a deep breath in the midst of our busiest moment, inviting God back into the picture.  May we regain perspective that all worldly things will soon pass away, but the will of God remains forever!  

How do you remember to focus on the Father, despite a busy day?

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