Our former Pastor, Steve Mason, had a lot of great sayings. We still remember those, say those, and continue to implement a lot of what we learned from him.
One of my favorite things he would say to us as a staff, and us as a congregation as well, was “What you focus on grows.”
I have found this to be so true, and probably you have as well. When life gets difficult, that is where our attention goes doesn’t it? When something doesn’t go our way, we focus on that, and it seems to derail our whole day. Our difficulties have a lot of power over us, if we allow them to.
This week I was praying in our Prayer House and I just felt the Lord was speaking to me about this specifically. How can 95% of our life be so blessed, so good, so beautiful, so amazing, but 95% of our time is focused on the 5% that is currently bringing us (or we worry it could bring us) stress in our lives? And the stuff we worry, fret and focus on, most of those things don’t ever amount to as much as we make it out to be does it?
I would encourage you this week, like I did while in the Prayer House, to give praise to the Lord for everything He has done for you, what He has provided for you, for what He has blessed you with. Let’s focus more on those things this week.
Your family, your home, your job, your friends, the weather, your salvation, your church, your opportunities, your freedom, your forgiveness, your joy, the Mariners (well, not so much these guys right now!).
As you focus on these, I would also like to encourage you to pray through this verse below, then continue to act on it. It will change your atmosphere.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Whatever you focus on, grows…