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  • Writer's pictureMegan L. Anderson

Shifting Focus

Take a moment to refresh, refocus, and refine your faith.

Father God, I find myself spiraling down a flight of worries. It seems as though troubles always arrive in multiples. My head spins between this concern and that, and though I know you are the rock of my salvation, I don’t stop long enough to listen to your voice and experience the centering peace and purpose you offer me in the midst of chaos. Father, please forgive me for investing my energy into things of this world instead of my relationship with you. From this moment forward, I choose you. Everything else can wait because you are holy, loving, trustworthy and wise, and are God over all things seen and unseen. There is no trouble you cannot overcome. As I navigate this day, help me center on you and keep you as my resolute focus in all things. This I ask in your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Luke 9:57-62, MSG

On the road someone asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said. Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.”

Jesus said to another, “Follow me.”

He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.”

Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!”

Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.”

Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”

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