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REFOCUS

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.”
Mother Teresa
(1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

I had my eyes on him and I was so glad I did! I was the observant co-pilot, the “passenger side” driver. By the way friends I designated myself to be on the lookout for those anxious holiday drivers. You’ve seen them moving too fast and not paying attention! Ricky was behind the steering wheel. When he mashed the brakes, my foot mirrored his actions. We were laughing and chatting as we traveled in Alexandria, VA. It was obvious that the driver in front of us was distracted. How did I know he was distracted? His swerving was a great indicator that something was amiss! With insistance I said, “Honey watch out for that guy! Let’s stay far away from him!”

As we moved into the next lane, the erratic driver attempted to switch lanes and move in our space. Our horn startled him, I then witnessed this driver holding his cell phone close to his ear. He was talking nonstop, looking quite comfortable behind his steering wheel. It apeared as though he was very involved in a conversation that occupied his entire attention. I believe God was demonstrating something for us.

Just possibly this message is conformation that the Holy Spirit desires that we refocus today.

As we sat in the turning lane, we heard a terrible sound that two cars make when there’s been a crash. I was relieved that our vehicle hadn’t felt the physical impact. But I knew someone had been very shaken up! The traffic light changed and as we proceeded through the intersection I looked over my shoulder and recognized that the guy on the cell phone. He had smashed into the SUV in front of him. His front hood appeared to look like a crumpled aluminum “pop” can. Surely he was dazed, his negligent driving skills had caused great distress.

My heart sank for the innocent party involved in this accident. It’s evident that the perpetrator of the accident paid no attention to the obvious stationary car. He was too caught up in his conversation-his world! He should have let it go! Let the phone go until he arrived at his destination.

There are some things we can’t do simultaneously! Driving and talking are at the top of my list. As this year wraps up it’s important to acknowledge what we aren’t able to do effectively handle. It’s a matter of refocusing, refocusing in order to pay careful attention to the important matters we are currently involved in. Lord knows it makes for a better day! It’s clear we don’t operate in a vacuum. I’m sure you agree that our actions do effect others!

Several thoughts regading REFOCUSING come to mind:

What impressions are we leaving behind?

Those we come into contact with should be glad we were in their presence, are they?

What happens when we resist moving hastily?
Are the outcomes worth it?

Peacefully move forward, is that a foreign concept?

Are you enjoying the ride, the journey you are currently experiencing? What happens when our destination is no longer the primary goal?

Take heart, we’ve all experienced unexpected hardships.

What happens when we get stuck in the past and drag our feet in moving forward?

Do you know “atmosphere changers” that stir up hurt and confusion? Could they have possibly handled things in a better way?

How important is it to pay attention to our surroundngs, our loved ones and the things in life that matter most?

 
Friends as we reflect on those questions, let’s be encouraged in our spirits to refocus our energies and time to first seek divine guidance;continually praying for God’s will over us and what concerns us! Yes, God’s moving in our hearts to accomplish wonderful things, if we just refocus!

Psalm 121 (New International Version)

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

It’s Food for Thought! Shared in Great JOY!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

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