“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1–3, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Look where you want to go, because you usually end up where you’re looking. If your focus is on the problem, you may not see the solution. This is a paraphrase of Dr. Dan Diamond, motivational speaker, author, coach and disaster physician, from a WebEx I attended today.
What’s hindering (making progress slow or difficult) us from growing in our faith? Why do we get so easily entangled (caught up or involved) in worldly things (“the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does” – 1 John 2:16, NIV 1984), that take us off course? Are we really looking (“fixing our eyes“) where we want to end up? If not, why are we so surprised that we don’t end up there or that the progress in getting there is so slow? Think carefully (“consider”) about these questions. Then maybe we can throw them off and “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.“
My Advice – “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” (Yogi Berra). Fix your eyes on Jesus. You’ll end up where you’re looking and not someplace else.
My book “Got Spiritual Milk?” can help you keep your focus.