I have thing x going on and thing y. Things a and b are issues in my life. I wish persons 1 and 2 would stop doing things 3 and 4. Now, may I call you up and tell you all the details of these things?
Does that sound like anyone you know? Does that sound like you? How are you spending your time?
We all have issues and challenges. If our focus shifts to those things instead of God and what God wants us doing, there will be consequences. We won’t achieve the things God has for us to do. We will miss out.
Whatever consumes your mind tends to consume your time also. This is not to say there is not a time and place for everything.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
A time does exist for everything. However, we must be careful, as Christians, that we keep to the task that God has for us without letting concerns that He has already addressed steer us off course.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
God has our needs covered. We do not need to be anxious. Sometimes what seems important to us is merely a distraction. Often we cannot change things x and y, and issues a and b. We cannot ever fix persons 1 and 2.
We need to pay attention to where we are paying attention. We have a choice where we focus. We can chose to make our main thing what God has for us to be about, and we can be a light as we serve God. We can also choose to make our god the god of “I,” and focus on ourselves instead.
Key Focal Verse:
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Today’s challenge is to ask God where He would have you focus. Realize that He does know your plight. Understand that He will provide for your needs. Know that some of the issues we worry about, we cannot do anything about anyway. Really understand that fixing other folks is not our job, and not on our to do list.