Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 17

March 25, 2011

 “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.”

As we begin this 17th day of our journey of prayer there is one thing that becomes evident as we explore the attributes of a good steward, and that is the attribute of being focused.  For the past few days we have explored several aspects of a good steward.   A good steward is wise, and this deals with one’s mental and intuitive capabilities.  A good steward is faithful and this aspect deals with one’s character.  But today, we will look an enduring quality that is vital to being a good steward and the enduring quality of being focused.  

 ” No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Luke 16:13

Being focused causes a wise person to remain singular in one’s pursuit. Being focused causes a faithful person to press on when the journey seems long.  Because being focused causes one to throw aside every distraction that could hinder the fruitfulness of wisdom and faithfulness.     

What is your focus today?  Being focused means we are living a life that is taking aim.  Isn’t it amazing that we will go to the Eye Doctor, when our natural vision becomes blurry or when we are seeing double, yet not even see the impediment or instability in our life when we are double minded in our focus or aim.

  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 1:8

We are almost half way in our 40 days of prayer and yet if we do not remain focused we can find ourselves, just far away from the finish line that we can begin to get distracted and lose sight of our aim.  When our vision becomes blurry our focus becomes divided and then our strength is drained because our aim is no longer clear.  Focus increases your strength so you can press in when you are in the middle of your journey.

For many of us the focus stealers in our life are the day to day responsibilities that can capture our eye.  Matthew encourages us to stay focused, when he tells us to seek first the kingdom of God. Then he shares what can steal that focus and what to do about it.  He says, don’t worry about tomorrow and its issues, because God is already aware and will take care of all that we need. 

 As we Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope, do not allow the things of this world and its passing concerns to rob you of the reward that comes from living a focused life for Him. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  

Matthew 6:33-34  

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