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Monday, February 4, 2013


Today I'm reading Philippians 3:15-2.

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.

I was at a conference last week and missed a couple blogging days. I'm sure you did fine without me!!! I often feel like I am juggling too many things - and I know my stress level goes up when I add even one more ball. Just one more unexpected thing can upset the delicate balance I've got going - and then all the balls can start dropping. I'm sure you know what that feels like. We are an overloaded, over-scheduled society.

Paul's first sentence hits home. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. Focus. What an essential word. I've been sort of a fanatic about personal planning because all my work is self-directed. There's no one looking over my shoulder telling me what to do each day. I have to discern what's important and what's urgent and discipline myself to go after those things each week. To help me focus I do a 6 x 6 list - what are the six most important things I need to accomplish in the next six weeks. That question helps me look forward just enough so that I don't get hit by so many surprises. It also allows me to build some margin into my life and schedule so when things don't go as planned, everything doesn't have to collapse. 

Staying focused and organized - that helps me spiritually, too. It helps me to do the things that I think God really wants me to do without getting distracted by all the trivial things. Focus, for me, is a spiritual discipline.

How do you stay focused? Do you plan ahead? Do you write it down? Are you pursuing the goals and focus God wants for you this week?  

Try writing out your own 6 x 6 list.


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