Avoid the Trees!

Where is this journey going to take me? Where do I want it to take me? These are some of the tough thoughts I have been having lately. I am not exactly sure what God is doing, but I do know to get there it will require focus on my part.

Have you ever read James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

I have always disliked this verse. I understand it, but I don't like it. If we persevere, we end up lacking nothing, but to persevere we better FOCUS on what is important. If we don’t have focus those trials will be tough.

Have you ever played Frisbee Golf? I used to play all the time in Illinois with my friends. There was this one course where there were these two large trees you had to throw between. They we not really that close together, it should have been an easy throw. But for some reason, every time I played that course, undoubtedly, I would hit one tree or the other. I eventually realized what I was doing wrong, my focus was on the tree (not hitting it), when I should have been focusing on the goal ahead.

I think that happens if life too. I am struggling a bit right now and don't know exactly why. Maybe is it my focus. I have always wanted God's plan for my life to be fulfilled, even when it is not easy. So how do we stay on the path God has made for us? AVOID the TREES! So, here are three things I am going to try focusing on these coming weeks. I want to focus on the fact that God will see me through anything, not on the bad things that happen. I want to focus on the things that matter not only in this life but eternity. I want to focus on the fact that God is in control, not on my inability to control things. I have to remember, nothing catches God off-guard, nothing surprises him.

Hope this helps you today..

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