Posts Tagged ‘Focus

05
Jan
12

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!  –Isaiah 26:3, NLT

Everyday, every minute is an opportunity to fix our eyes on Jesus!  Do we struggle with this fixation?  Did we go all day shopping for Christmas and never ask God for help?  Do we go thru the day at work and never talk to God about blessing others, healing others, needing patience to deal with others, needing guidance on a particular task, wanting direction for a need, asking for blessings on those who are angry?

Fix our eyes on Jesus.  An idea that may help with “fixing our eyes” is to focus on a verse for the day or/and a song for the day. Make the words to a song personal – a prayer – just between me and our Savior:

Joy To The World the Lord is come,

Let me receive you as king.

Let my tiny heart

make room for You,

and heav’n and my heart sing,

and heav’n and my heart praise,

and heav’n and heav’n and insert your name sing.

Post by Valerie Johnson, CBC Choral Librarian & Amplify Band Admin.

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18
Jan
11

keep you eyes right here.

I am so excited about 2011. I have no doubt God is going to move with great force and momentum and I can feel it around the office as we talk about our vision and dreams for this year. As eager as I am to get going with things, I am already finding myself tempted to fall into a trap.

I have found myself thinking about the things on my desk that I have no solutions for yet. Programs I’d like to improve, teams I’d like to take to the next level, lines of communication I need to work on. I was making dinner Monday night after the first day back at work and all I could do was obsess about what “needed to change” that I had immediate influence over.

You know that hand sign people make when they make a “V” with their fingers and point towards their eyes, and then they point it towards yours, most likely at a moment when you are freaking out or losing focus? And then they say something to the effect of, “I need you to keep your eyes right here.” Well God interrupted my obsessing by pulling that one on me. He thought it was funny, and I did too. But then He got serious.

He reminded me to keep my focus on Him and where He’s going instead of focusing on the things where I think I need Him the most. I love the picture of having my eyes locked on Jesus, but I had to think about what that “looked” like in a practical sense on a day to day basis. The answer seemed simple – make a conscious effort to stay in His presence, and stay connected to Him through His Word, prayer, and worship.

Being the cynic realist that I am, I wondered how staying in the presence of God was going to crank out the 5 set lists that I had to get done in the next few days. To which God humorously interrupted again and said, “you don’t get it. I need you to keep your eyes right here.” And that’s all He had to say. It finally clicked.

If I don’t seek Him first, everything is backwards. I work too hard and get myself into trouble where I end up asking for His help to sort things out. If I would start with running after Him in everything that I do, the rest seems to fall in line with His will, His way, and His timing. I don’t understand it either, but that’s the way it seems to work in the Kingdom of God. Grace always shows up when it comes to the little things. The more I can rest in that the more I can enjoy my grilled chicken with vegetables on Monday nights.




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