Upon awakening today, my first thoughts were worried ones. “I have so much to do today! How will I get it all done? Today is going to be an intense day of work.”
Immediately, I could feel anxiety welling up inside me. I jealously looked at my sleeping wife, wishing to join her for another hour of slumber. But no, I had to get up, or I would miss my hour with the Lord, which is so vital to my serenity.
Then, the next set of thoughts gently washed over me, leaving me comforted and at peace. What were those thoughts? Glad you asked! Let’s just say that my initial vision was obscured, and God quickly restored proper focus to my sight.
Here is what I realized.
WE BECOME WHAT WE FOCUS ON
If we focus on what we don’t have, what we are not, or what is missing, those issues become larger, and the gap between who we are and who Christ wants us to be becomes wider. My worry about not having enough time to get all my work done today was unfounded. I was looking at what I did not have (time) rather than what I do have (eternity).
We need to remember who we are (a child of God) and where we are going (eternal bliss) and with whom we shall be (Christ Jesus, the embodiment of absolute, pure love, peace, joy, and more). The second set of thoughts this morning were about these eternal things, and I was immediately restored to peace.
There are several great scriptures that remind us of who we are and where we are going. Dwelling on them can help us maintain a proper focus and an eternal perspective.
Here are but a few:
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
November 28, 2023
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