I began this year contemplating the word “honor.” What does it mean to honor your father and mother? What does it mean to be honored? How does this abstract term manifest itself in our culture as opposed to another? In contemplating all the different ways this concept could be broken down, I had difficulty determining which aspect to start with…and time passed…and I got distracted…
I am drawn back now to this topic, and to writing in general, because of the last few sermons given at our church. A few weeks back, our Senior Pastor made an example out of fish. Apparently, it is far easier to catch a bass than it is to catch a trout. The way he tells it, trout are very discerning and test the bait to make sure it isn’t fake, while the bass will be fooled by anything shiny. This comparative caught my attention, because I realized that I’m the dumb bass! I have a tendency to be distracted by just about everything, and with a large family, it’s extra easy to fall into a cycle where you can’t tell what a distraction is from where you’re supposed to be focused at the moment! I sometimes feel like the dog in the movie “Up,” who was distracted every time he saw a squirrel. The louder, more sparkly, and more time consuming the venture is, the more likely that I am drawn into it! My prayer lately has been, “Lord, help me to focus…on the right stuff! Help me to say ‘no’ when I need to say ‘no.’ Help me to identify and then promptly ignore everything that keeps me from your purpose for me today, tomorrow and beyond. Help me to remember who I am, and to act accordingly.” I encourage you to read with me in the Book of James, Chapter 1…just read the whole book. It’s not long, and it is intense! The verse that I am clinging to at the moment is James 1:25,
“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.”
I hope that you are able to be still, know that He is God, that He has a perfect plan, and that you and I are part of it! We need to honor God with our focus! What are you focusing on? Let’s, together, remember that we are His ambassadors, armed and sent out with a message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and love – like no other love on earth. Dwell, meditate, recite, remember the words the God has left with us – they are more valuable than gold. Do you want true freedom? James 1:25 is the first step, your first clue, to a life you have only imagined and more. Pray for my focus and I will pray for yours – Be more like the Trout! Let’s do this!