"Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest." - Hebrews 3:1 (NIV)
I used to think it was nearly impossible to stay focused, but now I know that with God, nothing is impossible.
Last weekend I went to an outdoor disco skating event with some friends. I was excited because it’s been a few years since I’ve gone skating.
When I put on my skates and got up from my chair, I hesitated because I never skated on gravel before. This is going to be interesting.
I slowly inched toward the skating section and kept tripping. “Do not fall,” I repeated in my mind. “Do not fall!”
Inevitably, I almost fell multiple times because I was so focused on not falling instead of skating well.
After a few rounds of skating, I noticed that I was getting more comfortable with skating on the gravel—something changed.
My focus shifted from the obstacle of never skating on gravel to just having a good time. When I started focusing on having fun, I wound up tripping less.
It's interesting how the same thing applies to our walk with God. When we focus on Him, instead of on the obstacles, we trip less.
In Matthew 14:22-33, there’s a story about Jesus walking on water toward the disciples he sent ahead of him in a boat. They thought he was a ghost and were justifiably afraid, but Jesus told them that it was him.
So Peter told Jesus to tell him to come to him on water if it’s really him. Jesus tells him to come, and Peter miraculously began to walk on water toward Jesus.
But when Peter saw the wind (a distraction), he was afraid and started to sink. Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
The moment we take our eyes off of God, things go bad—quickly. Don't let fear distract you from God's calling.
Just like putting on a pair of noise-canceling headphones, we have to tune out the noise of the world with the Word of God.
I heard someone say yesterday that if you want to gain confidence in an area of your life, study the subject. The more you learn about it, the more confident you become.
If you want to gain confidence in the Lord, study the Bible.
Obstacles and challenges may come, but don’t let them take your eyes off of God. Stay focused on Him, and you will be victorious (and trip a lot less)!
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