Refocus

 

Have you wondered why animal trainers carry a stool when they go into a cage of lions?  They have whips and pistols, but they also carry a stool.  I read that the stool is their most important tool.  The lion tamer holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal.  The lion tries to focus on all four legs at once.  In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal and it becomes weak and disabled because its attention is fragmented.

 

This is exactly what happens to us in our walk with Christ and our level of faith in Him.  We come to church and are inspired with a lion-like faith.  The minute we walk out of the door, life hits us and we start all over again.  Circumstances push a four-legged stool in our face.  The job, money, marriage, school, whatever else is hitting us in the face, disables and weakens us.  We lose our FOCUS!

 

Philippians 4:4-8 using “The message” clearly illustrates how we ought to refocus.

 

Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

 

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and reflecting on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse.  Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.  Do that and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.  (The message)

 

Make a daily decision for Christ, embrace Him as your Savior and surrender everything to Him.  Leave all your concerns, your stressors, at His feet.  Replace and Refocus your mind on the things of Christ, not of this world.

 

The Lord hears your prayers.  Let Him help you refocus on what is true, what is pure and right in His eyes.

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