A Fixed Focus

Sometimes it is awfully hard not to fall into the temptation of feeling sorry for ourselves when we encounter the hardships of life.  We justify our pity parties by pointing to all the bad stuff we see happening in the world.  We justify our anger and our desire to find fault with those around us because it is easier to place blame then to really analyze why we are so angry.  You see this unleashed disappointment in the commentary of our political leaders, of our financial institutions, our educational centers, and just about anything else you can find fault with.  But does this anger and verbal (and sometimes physical) lashing out accomplish anything of value?  No.  I am not saying that you should not be a voice for change.  But that is very different that being a blamer, a complainer, but yet having no sound solutions or willingness to make a difference.  It is way too easy to become an angry complainer.  It is, also, too easy to justify our self righteousness towards the social structures that we must abide by. 

So, you ask, what can I do about all these frustrating situations I live with everyday?  I believe that you need to look above (beyond?) the day-to-day frustrations that are only fueled by our bombardment of digital and written communications.  We fuel our fury and our lives with all this media, but we rarely if ever look to the one written book that would give you the answers to rising above this frustration — the Bible.  I know that some of you are going to think – “I can’t read the bible — I don’t even “get it” even if I picked up the thing and tried to read it!”   Having never attempted to spend too much time myself in reading this book, I understand your skepticism.  Trust me, I totally understand your thinking.  The Bible is a pretty difficult book to understand.  Without a context of what your are reading — it is confusing.  HOWEVER, take it from me that if you dare to try to understand the Word – you will be amazed at what answers you will find in it.  Actually, from a reference, scholarly point of view, each bible (and there are numerous versions revised over the centuries) does have a guide within it’s pages that allows a person to find references in the bible based a word or concept you are interested in studying.  The reference guide is called the Concordance and you will find it a the back pages of any Bible.

Why am I telling you all this.  Because if you choose to start familiarizing yourself with this incredible book you will find that all the answers to the questions of life are located in those pages.  Amazingly, in the second half of the Bible, called the New Testament, we have Jesus’s own words (and yes, you can even buy a Red Letter bible which has Jesus’s own words written in red) that provide us with ways to have a much more abundant and happier life.  The key to this is to keep your focus on God, on Jesus. 

We have just completed celebrating Easter, the time we celebrate the acension of a crucified Jesus, from a human man, to Christ Jesus, the Son of God.  I hope you all know that Easter is not about eggs or bunnies or fancy clothing, it’s about realizing that God allowed HIS only son to walk among us as a human person, so that he could communicate not only in human words, but as an actual example of what GOD expects of us.  These expectations, these truths are what you will find in the Bible, along with a lot more. 

The celebration and acknowledgement of the powerful life of Jesus here on earth and why he died for all of us, is also the key to overcoming all the bad stuff in our lives.  If we can be strong enough, smart enough, and in faith enough to keep ourselves focused on God we will have incredible lives.  It is only when we choose to not have this focus that we become confused, anxious, fearful, and downright miserable.  

This fixed focus is something we need to work on each and everyday of our lives.  Without this type of focused commitment we will be victims of the media and the worldly actions of those around us.  I can guarantee you that if you choose to have that fixed focused commitment you will start to see peacefulness and joy becoming more and more common in your life, regardless of what is happening in the world around you. 

“By faith we have been made acceptable to God.  And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.  Christ has also introduced us to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand.  So we are happy as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God.”  Romans 5:1-3

“I will listen to you, Lord God, because you promise peace to those who are faithful and no longer foolish.  You are ready to rescue everyone who worships you, so that you will live with us in all of your glory.”  Psalm 85: 8-9

In lovingness, I strongly urge you to purchase a bible for your library and reference to God’s amazing Word.

 

The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version

The Holy Bible: New International Version

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