Recently, when we were driving home, there was a beautiful sunset. I wanted to capture the memory, so I took a picture with my phone, through the front window of the car. I was so disappointed with the results! You could barely see the sunset, but the squished bug on the window showed up very clearly!
God spoke to me through that picture. It was something He’s spoken to me many times over the years: “Where is your focus?”
Do you know the things you focus on become all you see, and it’s very hard to see anything else? If I hold my thumb up, and focus on it, anyone on the other side can be completely blocked out by my thumb. If I focus on the people beyond my thumb, my thumb becomes almost invisible.
As a mum, I can focus on my kids, my work, or my husband. Sometimes I focus on my problems. What am I going to feed the family? How am I going to pay this bill? Our problems can be overwhelming when we look at them! We can even spend time praying about them, “Oh God, my problems are so big! I don’t know how You’ll ever manage to solve them! I know You must be able to, but I just don’t see it!” We might not pray those exact words, but many times that’s what’s in our hearts. And we feel we have no faith.
I find that if I first focus on Jesus, all the problems become less significant, and the things I need to do for my family and work fall into place. Look at the pattern Jesus gave us to pray, in Matthew 6:9, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’. The focus is first on God - who He is and where He is. He’s in heaven, above everything! Only after giving God the glory He deserves, do we then move on to praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done, and then for our daily needs.
Let’s put our focus on Jesus first in our lives, knowing that, as we do, He’ll direct our steps and He’ll take care of our problems and those things that try to hold us down.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve allowed my problems to overwhelm me and become my focus instead of You. Thank You that You’re bigger than my problems! Please help me to re-focus on You, and put You first in every area of my life. Amen.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV
Tanya Person and her husband are missionaries to Hungary, and are Directors for Ellel Central & Eastern Europe Development Centre, where they travel to Serbia, Croatia, Czech and other countries teaching Ellel schools and overseeing the development of work in the area. They have a passion to see the church discipled and walking in God’s fullness of life and freedom, and for mentoring the existing and developing team.
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