It’s interesting how it’s easy to miss something, even when it’s in our own backyard. Yep. It happened to us. When our girls were young, before Tim came along, we had a man making his way through the neighborhood, scaring children. The police were on the lookout for him. And. They tracked him to our girls’ little playhouse in our backyard where he had lived for two weeks. We did not have a clue. Thankfully it had been rainy and cold, so, our girls had not been outside.
We had been focused on the stuff of life . . . details, deadlines, problems, and pressures . . . and missed a troubled man taking residence in our own backyard.
Turns out, when we’re too busy, consumed with the stuff of life, we pay less attention to things, which, if, are not addressed, could cause harm. I’ve learned when we’re focused on the consuming stuff; we need to turn away from the stuf by intentionally by focusing on God first. God never disappoints. God will give us eyes to see what does and does not belong in our life.
I like how The Message translates Colossians 3, telling us not to shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of us:
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Colossians 3:1-2, The Message)
The thing is . . . if we only see what’s in front of us . . . we’ll miss what’s come in through the back door of our life. So. Focusing on the stuff first, rather than on God, has long-term harmful consequences.
Remember life does not depend on the stuff of life but upon God. We need to walk with God, focus on God, and be alert to where God is going and what God is doing, aware of the stuff that does not belong in the plan of God.
Put it on the life list: Walk strong, focused, alert, and aware.
- Begin with taking time with God in the morning in prayer and His word.
- Stop throughout the day to know God.
- Ask God to lead you to the places God is going.
- Do what God is doing.
- Refuse to let anything in to your life which is not of God.
Learning to Kickstart the day walking strong, focused, alert, and aware.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)