Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FOCUS

     When yucky weather squelches Mr. Whiskers' interest in outdoor activities, he directs his energies to toys he's tossed aside on better days. One cold wet afternoon I discovered him stuck by the basement door. He'd gathered a small collection and there he sat, apparently trying to solve the dilemma of which one to tackle. Instead of choosing and making use of one, he parked and did nothing. Eventually he walked away from all of them.

     I can't entirely fault my ginger puss. I have such a bunch of things I want to do. I need to chuck some for another time and focus on one or two projects. It's a struggle when each of them is calling, "Do me, do me!"

     Unlike my buddy I do not choose to walk away from intriguing possibilities. The neat thing is God knows all that's coming ahead on the road we are travelling. The last bit of Hebrews 12:1 says, 'let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (NIV) The other afternoon I came down the street by the church as the sun was setting. The signs marking whichway to go on the round-about caught the light. We benefit; we're kept safe when we follow those directions. Better still, we benefit when we ask God to guide us in our decisions and stay on the course He's chosen as best for each individual.

     The next verse, Hebrews 12:2 starts off, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith." (NIV) The high spires on traditional church buildings were designed to point to the heavens and to God. We can be inspired and guided in our doings as we focus on Him.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

COURSE CORRECTION

     Mr. Whiskers and I have kept a close watch on the clock as it ticked toward the beginning of 2013. Even though the morning of January 1st is no different than any other, it feels like a fresh opportunity to start off again. Psalm 84:5 says, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage." A pilgrim has a destination.

     Everyone who starts off on a journey intends to complete the trip. No one plans to stop off somewhere along the route for a bit and then return home. It's important that we fulfill our God-given goals. We can look back on the way we've come and see adjustments that will get us back on track if we've veered off a tad.

     We all have multiple areas in which we want to improve in the new year relating to work as well as spiritual and physical well-being. Those special desserts ensconced in our family's Christmas traditions were as effective as ever in adding unwanted numerals on the scale. In that department I need more than a course correction. For a few weeks the second course and I have to part company. Of all the good things the Holy Spirit provides, it's the fruit of self-control I need to munch on the most. (Galatians 5:22,23) My ginger puss has made some changes in his diet too. He's into African violet blooms, a cat's equivalent of salad greens for humans?

     In Christ we have all we need to embark on this new segment of our journey. I pray we'll be sensitive to know when He's nudging us to stay on the best course He's set for each one this new year.