Focused on Jesus

Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home. Psalm 23 (TLB)

Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. Hebrews 12: 1b - 2a (TLB)

James Stewart lives in Illinois. When he was first learning to drive, he had the habit of looking directly at the ground in front of the car. Every rock, stick, and pothole prompted James to react. He would steer first in one direction, then another, trying to avoid the slightest obstacle. His instructor finally asked James to pull over and offered some life-saving wisdom. He wanted me to focus my eyes on the horizon and to drive straight toward it. He explained that by lifting his gaze and locking in on a focal point in the distance, he would be able to steer more smoothly to his destination yet still be aware of his surroundings.

That advice not only improved James' driving technique but also provided him a powerful spiritual insight. Out paths in life are frequently filled with hazards and tempting distractions. But it is important for us to keep our sight trained on the horizon that is Jesus, who will help us navigate through anything we face. Jesus is master of both the calm and the storm and can guide us safely.

The spiritual disciplines of praying, meditating on scripture, and participating in Christian fellowship can help us increase our focus on Jesus and lead us to our fullest lives.

Prayer: Dear God, help us keep our eyes fixed on your ways. Guide our paths daily as we walk both with you and toward you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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