What is your focus?
In our day and age, we can become so fixated with walking on eggshells or, by extremes, how to be the loudest despite our lack of righteousness.
We’re not only running a race, we’re running a perpetual marathon of right, wrong, left, moderate, but always leaning towards popularity instead of truth. Our focus is on a material prize of likes, feel-good trophies and the bigger is better mindset. We never mind humility or faith.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:1-6 NIV
Eggshells break when we tried to tiptoe in our unpopular faith. It’s easier running with the in-crowd because being anything else equals work-place hate speech and mean playground girls shunning you into the corner.
We need to grasp on to a different attitude, a new focus. God’s words are true no matter how high and mighty we may feel, or how low and abandoned we become.
…because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Luke 1:78-79 NIV
Our minds should be set on Him. We should want to be in His presence. He can shine through us. We can live our faith out loud, pointing to Him. We can have hope despite the mean and competitive spirits around us.We need to grasp onto a different attitude, a new focus. God's words are true no matter how high and mighty we may feel, or how low and abandoned we become. Click To Tweet
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. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
Our focus should be on Jesus and His way always. We need to block out what today’s headlines like to say about us and seek truth of the eternal king. Turn away from the gossip column of the hour and live free of the mean-girl fear.
This post comes from the 20 Days of Devotionals series.