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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Changing Our Focus

November 3

(Proverbs 4:18-27 NIV) “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. {19} But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. {20} My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. {21} Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; {22} for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. {23} Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. {24} Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. {25} Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. {26} Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. {27} Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

(Luke 11:33-36 NIV) “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. {34} Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. {35} See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. {36} Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”

Isn’t it amazing how we just can’t seem to get our eyes off ourselves? We constantly look into the mirror, rather than to God. We look for reasons to stay where we’ve always been, think like we’ve always thought, and do what we’ve always done. Our love of the status quo becomes an obsession… an addiction. Change becomes a dirty word. We balk at doing God’s will because it means taking a risk, or it might make us look foolish to others. We procrastinate in obedience, because believing God and doing what He says will be inconvenient. It will interrupt our life. But the Son of God interrupted His life for us. He gave up eternity for mortality. He came to Earth and tolerated our abuse to show us a better way. He entered time to change how we live and how we see. Get your eyes off of yourself, fix them upon Jesus, and keep them there. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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