Where is Our Focus?

Kim Hayes

The unusualness of the circumstances we find ourselves in compares to nothing I’ve ever experienced.  I miss seeing my kids and parents as trips are canceled. I miss the others that I serve with on staff. I miss the GAs on Wednesday nights. I even miss the smiles and casual conversation when shopping (I really want to go without a mask!). But, we are called to live above our circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

This time has given me, and probably all of us, a greater appreciation of the sure foundation and future we have in Christ alone. I am challenged to accept each day just as it comes, and to find Him in the midst of it all. Can I learn to be thankful for quiet days, when nothing special seems to be happening? “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Is God removing the debris and clutter from my heart so that my yearning for Him increases?  

Each day I must learn to trust Him more, and to not be afraid when things are out of my control. Knowing that God has everything in control releases me to not be shaken and to rest secure in His shelter. It is so easy to follow the world and choose to criticize and complain but this gains nothing and does not lead to contentment. We are challenged in Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.” One of God’s gifts to us is peace. We must gather peace continually by coming to Him with a thankful heart so that we can overflow with joy.

So today, will you join me and focus on the living Word instead of focusing on media (social, news broadcast, etc.) Let Scripture saturate your mind and heart so His peace, joy and thanksgiving overflows.

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