Archive for October, 2015

One Thing

October 18, 2015

“Wherever you are, be all there.” I love this quote by martyred missionary Jim Elliot. It’s simple enough, but seldom easy because we face distractions daily. They are designed to take us off course of what is really important, what really matters. We have become slaves to our cell phones (heaven forbid if we miss any calls), emails, Facebook, and the barrage of text messages. I contend that in most instances, these interruptions to our sleep, workflow, time with family and authentic friends are nonessential. They can wait. We have a choice in the matter. To rule the technology that has made our lives more efficient or allow it to rule us.

If we rule, this will require focus, intentionality, and discipline. Discipline to keep our ears tuned to what God is saying to us about how to order our lives in order to bring glory to Him, and then to let nothing distract us from that goal.

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all that I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things” (Philippians 3:12-15, NLT).

“Lord, help me to focus.”