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Judy for Jesus
March 8th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Where’s your Focus?
By: Maxine M.

The alarm sounds…often well before dawn’s first rays of light
Jumbled dreams fade as our mind resumes conscious thought…a new day ready to fight
But what will be our ATTITUDE for this day…dark & depressed or bubbly & bright?

Morning’s disposition of mind may set the tone for the entire day
And perhaps those inner thoughts, our outward image betray
You might smile and say “good morning”, but yesterday’s turmoil your mind may still replay

Our attitude usually reveals what, in our mind, is really going on inside
What our mind is contemplating and today’s immediate demands often collide
Because full attention is difficult to obtain when distractions can so easily divide

Focus is a MUST for surgeons with sharp scalpels in their hands
And it’s dangerous for a pilot to be distracted by his up-coming weekend plans
Or for an athlete to push so hard & ignore the signs of what his body demands

A high-spirited race horse may need BLINDERS so he’ll concentrate on the track ahead
A trained sheep-dog learns to ignore voices and noises, responding only to what his master has said
The eagle soaring high above its prey MUST keep his eye on the target to keep his eaglets fed

Now, in life there are many aspirations to which daily attention needs to be applied
Provisions of food, shelter, family relationships, job performance, using the talent God supplied
But OVER & ABOVE all these, our SINGLE MINDED focus should be Jesus Christ CRUSIFIED

Uppermost in our mind should be the CROSS & the redeeming sacrifice Christ made
Make daily gratitude a priority for the tremendous sin debt HE paid
We need to steadfastly fight those distractions that so easily let our focus fade

Distractions like persistent health issues or a devastating personal loss
A “trying” spouse, a friend with an “attitude”, or a demanding boss
An angry neighbor or annoying co-worker…Satan loves to divert our attention from the cross

Perhaps it’s not another person but that “inner” person that makes us glance away
Or things like zealous ambition, fear of the future, desires we’re not willing to slay
A harried hectic life style, being over-tired, idleness, or simply forgetting to pray

For when the focus is on OURSELVES…possibly some “great” accomplishment we’ve done
Or our perceived lack of “DESERVED” blessings…then self-pity has won
Distractions can put a wall between us & the Father because He wants our focus on His Son

Now, if His Word becomes unimportant or we develop the attitude ‘it’s not ENTIRELY true’
We must tell ourselves it doesn’t matter WHERE we worship (doesn’t have to be in a church pew)
But we NEED to GATHER with other believers, give and listen to each other’s point of view

A Godly church can supply a SUPPORT group…provide the needed foundational grip
Friendships can distract…choose wisely!!...so your Godly focus won’t slip
For little by little, thoughts of Him can be replaced by worldly desires instead of worship

Oh yes!! There are so many distractions that can occur amid our daily circumstance
Things that distract our attention produce an “attitude” that no longer His Glory will advance
Things we’ve done, things we’ve failed to do, things needed to be confessed & given another chance

The Bible says “Let THIS mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”…not on how we can excel
So put your focus back on the Saviour & how YOU can serve Him well
Let His love, strength & purpose dominate…in a forward motion propel

WORKING while you’re WAITING…listening for the trumpet sound that will let all Christians know
The time has arrived when “TROUBLE” will cease…the object of our focus has come, His face all aglow
For He said, “I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, you will be also”

So, are YOU prepared?! If not, GET READY TODAY for this awesome event
Accept as YOUR Lord and Saviour the perfect Lamb of God…whom the Father sent
Because this message is URGENT!! Look at the “NEWS”…know His return is IMMINENT!