What Are You Focusing On?
By Andy Geesey
September 1, 2007
Have you ever felt that no matter how hard you try, or no matter what you do, things just never seem to come out right? Have you ever felt worthless, unwanted or unneeded, have you felt like you are always judged because of your past failures? I must admit that I also have felt that way, but was encouraged when I read these words written by pastor & author Rick Warren who said "God's purpose is not limited by your past. He turned a murderer named Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero, and he can do amazing things with the rest of your life, too. God specializes in giving people a fresh start". I now believe this, do you?
Often, we as people make the terrible mistake of comparing ourselves with one-another. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:12 "For we dare not make ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise". I have found that when we begin to compare ourselves as we often do in this unwise manor that we can become mentally, or socially drained. Have you ever been there?
An unknown author once rightfully stated, "Choice, not chance-determines destiny".
I believe this now more than ever. As I grow older, I am learning that my focus should not be on myself or on others, at least not in the sense of unwise comparison, but instead it should be on the person of Christ Jesus, on who He is and on what He has done.
In Revelation 1:5-6 we read "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
It is my prayer that you will make a choice to focus on what Christ has already done for you, and that you also, will be encouraged because of who He is, and strengthened in the love that He has for you. I would also like for you to understand and then always remember that God specializes in giving people a fresh start.
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