1st January 2020

Focus 2020

“…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 our faith.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

A lot of things compete for our attention. We are probably more distracted in 2019 than people have ever been. Our minds often flit from one thing to another throughout the day. If you were asked to catalog how many minutes you spend on each thing you have to think about, would you be able to mark more than 10 minutes on any one thing?

What is on our minds and what we spend time thinking about determines, in large part, the direction of our lives. Those who think about money or fame go in that direction. Those who think about themselves most of the time will naturally be involved in what they want and what pleases them. Remember Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Keeping our eyes on Jesus, as we are encouraged in the header scripture, means he is our focus; he is the main thing on our minds, all day, every day. This takes a bit of effort, considering all the distractions we face. But if we make ourselves aware of this, set our minds every morning to turn our thoughts to Jesus several times every hour and pray before every task, we’ll be well on the way to including him in all aspects of our day.

As Brother Lawrence said, “The most holy and important practice in the spiritual life is the presence of God – that is, every moment to take great pleasure that God is with you.”

Prayer
Help me to focus on Jesus in 2020 and in all things follow him.
Amen

Study by Tammy Tkach
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About the Author:
Tammy Tkach is an Associate Pastor for the Glendora, California, USA congregation, and the wife of former Grace Communion President, Joseph Tkach. She is a speaker and writer, and publishes a blog at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com

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