Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. – Proverbs 4:25-27

focus.newlifeThe condition of your character is determined, to a surprising extent, by the direction of your thoughts. If you focus your thoughts and energies on positive matters—if you focus on things that bring honor to your family and yourself—you’ll reap rich rewards. But if you focus too intently on the distractions and temptations of our 21st-century world, you’re inviting trouble.

Paul Valiry observed, “We hope vaguely but dread precisely.” How true. All too often, we allow the worries of everyday life to overwhelm our thoughts and cloud our vision. A clearer perspective, a renewed faith, and a different focus is what’s needed.

When we focus on the frustrations of today or the uncertainties of tomorrow, we rob ourselves of peace in the present moment. But, when we focus on possibilities instead of roadblocks, our worries no longer tyrannize us.

What is your focus today? Are you willing to focus your thoughts and energies on God’s blessings and upon His will for your life? Or will you turn your thoughts to other things? Before you answer that question, consider this: God created you in His own image, and He wants you to experience joy and abundance. But, God will not force His joy upon you; you must claim it for yourself.

Today, remember that God is infinitely greater than the challenges that you face. Remember, too, that your thoughts are profoundly powerful, so guard them accordingly. Ask yourself if you’re truly focusing your thoughts and energies on matters that are pleasing to God and beneficial to your family. Then ask your Creator to help you focus on His love, His Son, and His plan for your life.

– Steve Arterburn

As long as Jesus is one of many options, he is no option. – Max Lucado

Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dear Heavenly Father, when I become distracted by the things of this world and I lose focus of you, please bring conviction to my heart. I knowledge today that you are bigger than any challenge I currently face. And just as you are aware of every sparrow that falls from the sky, I know Lord that you are mindful of me. Amen