IF YOU WANT TO GROW DON'T FORGET TO...
Recently I've been thinking about the brutal tension that comes with transformation.
How transformation takes place in an instant & over time.
How transformation is already accomplished & often not yet experienced.
How in one moment, in one yes, all that once was, miraculously is recalculated and re-ascribed on the sculpting block of heaven to reshape our being under the name of Jesus The Lord Of All.
IN THE SNAP OF A FINGER, WE ARE FORMED INTO A NEW CREATURE, SHINING IN THE BRILLIANT COVERING OF OUR SAVIOR.
Yet in the midst of this, we often feel the same; we often live the same.
How can we truly begin to transform?
How can we truly begin to live in the life we've been given?
Out of the hundreds of factors that swirl around the personal aspects of these questions I do believe that there is one factor that we as Christians often forget...we forget the importance of focus.
If you want to grow, don't forget to focus.
And in order for us to more fully realize what has earlier been placed in our lap we have to remember that what we allow ourselves to focus on in our life will provide the status of our soil.
If we don't understand this we will prepare ourselves for failure.
Take Summer Camp as an example.
Summer camp is always an amazing experience filled with incredible encounters with God. God ALWAYS shows up and students are ALWAYS changed.
But when students get home the last 15-18 years of their life instantly becomes a rushing current of distraction, pushing against every aspect of their new found identity/encounters.
The growth is quickly choked by the status of the soil and students aren't able to sustain fruit since the summer camp structure of focusing on the Lord often doesn't easily fit into their home framework.
Once home, they stop living like they did at camp, so they stop living living like they did at camp.
It's interesting because often times when we feel distant it's because we've lost our focus.
The chaos of life has in some way, like a wave, swept over our relationship with Jesus and we stand panicked in what we think is a sinking ship forgetting who has all along been sitting next to us in the storm.
"Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" Mark 8:40
The decisions we make outside of service are how we form our focus.
It's one thing to be inspired inside a service, it's another thing to take that next step and make a change in the structure of your life.
We don't have to say yes to every request.
We don't have to work like crazy to make sure that every single person in the entire universe likes us.
We don't have to always be in the know or always have to the answers.
We aren't victims of our circumstances, we are conquers with a Savior.
And with that, we CAN choose to focus on Him.
What in your life is forcing your focus to drift and what are you going to do about it?
When was the last time you sat down and evaluated what you are giving your time to?
POSSIBLE NEXT STEP:
Write one list of all the responsibilities you have next to a "how I want to live" list and see what current responsibilities are hindering you from living how you are called to.