2017-05-17 - Focus
When our kids were growing up, there would be times we were a place or situation they found less than enjoyable. I would tell them to find something they did like about the situation, and have them focus on that aspect of the time. I found that most of the time, it would work for all of us, if you know what I mean?
Now that the kids are grown, I find that the words I used on them so often roll through my head when dealing with my own situations. Just lately, I’m getting a workout mentally, finding a positive focus place, yet I just keep plugging along anyway. Today when I have been particularly challenged with a bad migraine, day two, I noticed our pup Mel kept close to me all day, when sometimes she would rather try to convince me to go out and play ball with her awhile. She apparently sensed that I was not my best, which brought me comfort. This became my idea to focus on - and somehow the day had a hint of joy to it, after all. Mel and I watched the movie Finding Dory, and for a little while, I didn’t think about anything but hanging out with my buddy.
I’m so grateful to have a Father in Heaven that sends me moments like with my buddy Mel, so I can feel the presence of the Spirit, and his closeness when I am not my best.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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 faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.