Where is my focus really?
4Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. 8Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. 12Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. 13He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. 14The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:4-15
Ok so I am in a new town and been thinking a bit about doing a team sport. Thought about rugby union, maybe touch rugby, but what about hockey or soccer? Kinda enjoying the thought process at the moment! The choice of team sport isn’t for fitness as I am completely addicted to weights, running and swimming, but more about the challenge of the particular sport, seeing what I can do!
Through this reading and all my readings recently God has been teaching me the importance of getting my life aligned with Him, to have a Godly attitude, to fear God (for more on this CLICK HERE), to go even deeper into the Bible, to be more open to the Holy Spirit and to pray way more. And having this God attitude across my life is a little like me getting fit. I work hard at my fitness putting at least an hour a day into it, and the benefits are great, more energy, less illness – just generally feeling wonderful! In the same way working hard at my walk with Jesus requires the daily discipline of Bible reading, prayer and confession of sins – with massive results: feeling more alive, more of what God wants me to be doing, having a lightness that comes with forgiveness – all wonderful!
So where does the team sport thing come in? Well opened my email this morning and read a message informing me that a work deadline had been brought forward by a week – owch! But as I read the Psalm above I realised that focusing on this work thing, or any one thing in my life is to miss the point. I should not allow myself to get all concerned about the detail, but my focus should be on my relationship with Christ, growing my faith. This is a little like making being part of the sports team my goal, my focus rather than working on my general fitness. If I were to just do the team sport once a week my fitness would be poor, I need to work on general fitness most days. So it is with my faith, I cannot allow myself to get concerned about just one event, one challenge, one relationship, but I need to lift my gaze heavenward and focus on growing my faith, so sort me out first and all the details will sort themselves out as a result. As verse 15 reads. ‘My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.’
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