Saturday, August 13, 2022
The Right Focus
"One, two, three, eyes on me!" I would sing to my Grade One class. I needed to get their attention at the beginning of the lesson to give them instructions and to start teaching them. If they were noisy or if they had wandered from the task assigned to them, they needed to be brought back to their work. Their focus was restored when the children sang back, "One, two, eyes on you!" Their faces were turned toward me in expectation, ready to listen.
Hebrews 12:1b-2a – Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (NLT)
Focus is so important. I found this out when I struggled to use my husband Terry's old pair of hand-me-down binoculars. I hadn't always been enthusiastic about bird watching, so for a long time, those heavy, old-fashioned binoculars seemed to work for me. They had their limitations, though. Even after I had spent precious seconds trying to focus, the image that I had of the bird in view was still not as sharp as the image in Terry's binoculars. "Wow! So that's what it looks like!" I exclaimed when I looked through his binoculars at the bird that we had just sighted.
1 Peter 3:12a – The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. (NLT)
Psalm 139:3,15 – You see me when I travel, and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. (NLT)
The Lord Jesus always has His eyes on us. Because we are human, however, our focus can waver so easily. When we lose our focus on Him, we run into trouble, and we can be so easily overwhelmed by ordinary happenings.
Focusing on Him is something that we have to initiate, just like focussing a pair of binoculars. My daily quiet time helps me to gather up my scattered thoughts. As I bring my thoughts to the Lord, their tenacious hold on me fades away as I centre on Him. Morning worship at church does the same: it prepares our hearts to focus on the presence of God, and prepares our hearts to hear from Him.
As the old chorus reads:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
- Helen H. Lemmel
Let's do it!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that Your eyes are always on us, watching over our lives. Forgive us when we take our eyes off You, and help us to keep our eyes on You, knowing that our difficulties and challenges dissipate in the light of Your presence. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Alice Burnett <email@example.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Encourage Today's Writer
Today's Bible Verse2: Ephesians 2:10 – We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)|
Today's Daily Manna3: Isaiah 54:14a – In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear. (ESV)
Today's Bible Reading3: Psalm 80
Today's One-Year Bible Passage4: Numbers 1-4
Today's Two-Year Bible Passages5: Song 6-8; Romans 9:1-18
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Worldwide Ministry posted on Saturday, August 13, 2022
In Ethiopia — Praise for our travels to Ethiopia, delayed due to Covid timing rules. We will be involved in meetings regarding the dubbing of The Life of Christ video into Amharic and other languages, as well as teaching at two Bible colleges. Pray for negative Covid tests and for the hearts of students to receive and apply new knowledge for the Glory of God.
1 - Our public domain music is courtesy of The Cyber Hymnal™ - www.hymntime.com/tch.
2 - Today's Verse is based on Verse of the Day.
3 - Today's Bible Reading and Daily Manna are from the Canadian Bible Society.
4 - The One-Year Bible Reading Plan is from www.bible-reading.com ©1996-2006 by Michael Coley and used by permission.
5 - The Two-Year Bible Reading Plan is from the Cambridge Daily Reading Bible ©1995 Cambridge University Press and used by permission.