'Focus!'

Bible Reading: Matthew 6: 25 - 34
Author: Ruth Reazin
Friday 6 July 2018 © The Upper Room.

While I was sitting on the settee with my grandson, who had just finished his first term at college, my five-year-old granddaughter brought me a book so I could read her a bedtime story. For a few minutes, I continued to listen to my grandson’s tales of college life. But growing impatient, my granddaughter finally said, ‘Grandma! Focus!’ We all  had a good laugh, and then I read the story. 

As I reflected on this the next day, I realised that listening to my grandson had been good, but at some point it was time for my focus to change to something else that was good. I wonder about the number of times that God might want to take hold of my arm and say, ‘Ruth! Focus!’ 

I am often busy with worthwhile activities – taking care of my family, teaching classes at church, and volunteering for other projects in the church and community. Sometimes I am so busy that I skip my devotions and quiet time with God. I approach my day with an agenda that leaves him out. I believe that prioritising time with God is what Jesus meant when he said to seek first the kingdom. Each of us can ask, ‘Is this where God wants me at this moment?’ Putting our relationship with him first gives us the best possible perspective in life.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to be quiet and to make time for you, so that we can put our focus where you want it to be. Amen

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