Focus

I want to fix the world. I know I can’t, but I know who will, and with that assurance I find peace. What I can do is share my assurance, my trust in the Lord with anyone who will listen. This morning He asked me to sit and listen. Amidst all the chaos that is my day, I cherish these talks, and I praise Him for His counsel.

I helped form this Coalition to Save Lives, to save lives. This year, as we prepare to begin our Save a Life Tour, I felt a little less connected to what we were doing. I even almost considered not getting involved as much with Save a Life Tour. I have been focused on our Prayer and Love Outreach, and focused on fundraising, and event coordination, perhaps for a moment losing my focus on what this all is about. Jesus Christ.

So when He calls me today to learn, He shows me Matthew 13 and says read…

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

There will be weeds in every garden. There will be distractions, but removing those distractions can often uproot the very crop we have cared so much about. This man was sowing wheat, we are sowing souls, and yes we both face some weeds trying to choke out our intended crop. The key I see here is focusing on the harvest, and allowing or trusting in the harvester to separate the weeds from the crop.

This morning, thanks to the Holy Spirit, I saw this applying in so many ways in our lives. We frequently get too distracted by all the weeds in our lives, too worried about them growing along side our intended “fruit”. We have bills to pay, so we have to work, we have kids to raise, so we schlep off to soccer practice, the car needs repairs, etc. I saw it in the people around us, pulling us away from our righteousness. In the causes we tend to take up, and put our efforts to resolving…there are weeds everywhere we look, taking our focus away from the Lord’s harvest.

I’m not saying at all that we need to give up our causes, or to not permit our kids to play soccer….just the opposite is what I saw this morning…There will always be weeds, we just need to handle our weeds, and keep our focus on Jesus. He will take care of the weeds at harvest time…rest assured. If we have distractions…and we will, let them be, just don’t make them our first focus, don’t try to uproot them, that may damage our crop. Instead, perhaps we can use them to focus on the Lord. Perhaps we can pray with a coworker struggling with pain or depression. Maybe we should show the love of Christ to the other parents at soccer practice, or that “friend” that wants to go out and get drunk. Surely we can maintain the peace of our Lord while trying to clean up our neighborhoods, or reduce crime.

Seeing those weeds through the eyes of Christ, keeps us focused on Him, allows those weeds to grow and not destroy, but foster the harvest…In the sales/retail world there is this acronym “ABC” – always be closing…Let’s change it up a little “ABC” – Always Be Christ


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