What Has My Attention?

How easy it can be to focus on the wrong things. Stuff catches our attention and then before we know, it has a hold on us.

Those recurring thoughts don’t have to be very big to feel big.

The small situations in life can easily become massive obstacles that seem insurmountable.

A little word can become large in the imagination if given room to grow.

The challenge for us all is to ensure we give focus to the good in our lives. I know and understand like the rest of us how difficult this can be when we are in tough times, have issues to work out, are feeling lonely, hurt or confused.

All I can do is encourage you that even though all these things may be happening, we should be doing our utmost in the midst of them to keep looking up, to keep looking to the Lord and to hone in on the best of all that God is doing in our life right now.

I know it can be easier said that done but here’s the reminder that sometimes we need ~ don’t give the devil any room, to tell you that things will never improve, that this is as good as it gets, that God isn’t really interested in you and your future. Remember he is the father of lies and that all he is about is wanting to deceive us.

This scripture comes to mind… ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things’.  (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ ESV)

What has your attention? Let it be these things. It can take some effort, some digging on part when the other stuff is easier to see but God is always at work. The rewards of what may need to be a very deliberate choice will bring its reward. Peace. Harmony. God on your side. A place to flourish

What you have learned and received and heard and seen…practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9 ESV)

Keep Your Distance

Driving on the motorway during the last 24hrs and I noticed the sign ‘Keep Your Distance’. 

It’s there as a warning, it’s there to protect. If you drive too close to the car in front then you are placing yourself in unnecessary danger. If that car in front happens to stop suddenly then you are more than likely to smash into the back of them. 

It’s good advice. Yet it seems that an awful lots of drivers seem to ignore it. 

When I read the Bible I see the same sign. ‘Keep Your Distance’. There are some things according to Gods word that are good for me to avoid. Not because God is some kind of cosmic killjoy but rather as a protection for me, so I don’t get hurt. He knows what is best for me and what will help me to flourish. 

Keep your distance from…Gossip. Slander. Anger. Idolatry. Sexual immorality. Envy. Jealousy. Bitterness. Unforgiveness. Lust. Deceit. Wrongdoing. Taking advantage of another. Hatred. Selfish ambitions. Dissention. Heresy. Murder. Drunkenness. 

Instead keep close to those things that will bring Gods gifts into your life. Affection for others. Exuberance for life. Serenity. Sticking with things. Compassion in the heart. Basic holiness. Loyal commitments. Directing our energies wisely. [Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-23‬ MSG]

I am challenged today ~ what am I running to and from? Am I keeping my distance from the right things? Am I staying close to those things which are better for me and that will cause me to flourish in the things of God?

What about you?

Stay Close

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with GOD! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with GOD. (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭13-14‬ MSG)

We start out so passionately. Nothing will come between us and God. There is no gap. Not even a piece of paper would come between us. 

Stay with God. This has to be the rally cry of every Christian. Despite situations and circumstances we will stay with God. 

We drift away too easily. Stuff gets between us and God without any kind of resistance. Tough life issues I can understand. In fact things like sickness, loss, a tragedy or other major life decisions often bring us even closer to God. 

I get more concerned for myself and others at how we easily we shove other things between us and God. All good and important yet all quickly adding to a sense of separation. 

This is not about getting religious. It’s about having a willingness to be honest with ourselves and look at how easily we decide other things are more important than time with God. 

Why do we choose not to go to Church?
What do we give our best energies to?
Who in our life can come before God?
What fills our time when we say we have no time for God?

Stay close to God. Don’t quit. Or look like you have. None of these things mean we love God any less but 1° of separation can very quickly become 10° and before we know it we are not so close and we have begun to live at a distance from God which only makes it easier to deny Him, to stay away and disconnect. 

I’m doing an honest check up so that I stay close. Why don’t we all do the same.