“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)
What are you focused on? What has your attention? What occupies your thoughts? What is guiding the course of your life? What are you are your desires? What are your dreams? What are your goals? What do you hope to accomplish with your life? Those are all good questions. Do you have any answers to my questions? Yes, I have an answer to your questions. Just, one answer? Yes, I have just one answer to your question that may sound like many answers. I want to know you and live the life you are calling me to live. I want to do your will. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I want to accomplish your purposes. I want to fulfill your plans. So, you have my focus. My attention is on you. Your will and ways occupy my thoughts. You are guarding the course of my life. It is my desire and dream and hope and goal to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good.
Do you have any idea why it is critically important that you lead a focused life? Yes, I do. Tell me why your life critically needs focus. The world and all that is in it seeks to pull me in a thousand different directions, none of which would be towards you. How so? My eyes could focus on worldly pleasure. My life could become all about gratifying desires. My eyes could focus on worldly wealth and material possessions. My life could become all about acquiring wealth and materials possessions. My eyes could focus on worldly power and prestige and influence. My life could become all about living for the accolades and the applause of the crowd. Probably the biggest danger of an improper focus is that my eyes could be entirely on myself. Then I would live a self-indulgent, self-centered and self-sufficient life that would never come to rely on you. I want to live my life focused on you. I want to turn away from heart and mind and life away from all worldly focuses so that I can fully live the abundant life that you are calling me to live with and for you. That will be very good. You can very sure that I will help you to know me. I will help you to go and do my will. You will certainly live the life I am calling you to live. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will carefully guard what I allow my eyes to see. I will turn away from what is not good and right and pleasing to you. I will keep my heart and mind and life entirely focused on you. Help me to fully and abundantly live the life you are calling me to live. Amen
Key Question… How carefully are you guarding what you allow your eyes to see, heart to feel and mind to think?
Living It Out… Focus your heart and mind and life on the Lord and the life He has for you to live.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to keep your heart and mind and life focused on Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are keeping your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you keep your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord.
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