Losing our Focus


For over 25 years now, I have constantly read the devotional book by Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost For His Highest".  Next to the Bible, no book has had such an impact on my life.  The daily readings for today said this, "We must never allow anything to damage our relationship with God, but if something does damage it, we must take the time to make it right again.  The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain... that is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack."


What is Satan's favorite tool?  It is not that Satan wants Christians to "do bad things".  Our enemy does not mind us going to church, living a good life, doing the best we can.  Our enemy's main objective is to make us lose our focus.  To stay so busy working hard at our jobs, providing for our families, being good parents / grandparents, that we simply don't have time to maintain a growing, vital relationship with Christ.  It seems like the pace of life is so much faster now than ever before.  And somewhere in that busy schedule we need to take the time to "have the upward look".


I am constantly reminded that time is the most precious commodity.  There are just so many hours in the day--and we are being pulled in so many different directions.  But in the midst of all of the hurry, rush, and busyness of life--we cannot ignore Him.


Many years ago, an Episcopal priest by the name of Malcolm Boyd wrote a book of prayers.  The only thing I remember about the book is the title.  The title describes how most of us feel today.  The book was entitled, "Are You Running with Me, Jesus?". 


Take Him with you as you go through the day--let's don't be guilty of losing our focus