Out of focus

This is a chalk drawing one of my students drew today and asked me to take a picture of.

Just in case you are not sure what it is: it’s a puppy in a yard, flying a kite and the box is a picture frame.

I had a momentary giggle inwardly as she explained the art work.

I could clearly see the puppy in the yard, flying the kite.

Yet, children are wonderful reminders to check if our lives are in focus.

Another student days ago had made several poor choices in a row.

After discovering what his poor choices led to he laid his head on the table and said something like:

“My life is horrible!”

I leaned down and gently spoke to him.

“Honey, you are making bad choices. If you will make good choices and use your time wisely things will get better.”

He nodded and wiped his little eyes and tried to amend his day.

The truth of the moment has hung with me.

If I make good choices and use my time wisely things will go well.

Easily spoken, but not always easy to do.

Self gets in the way.

Trials knaw at the joy like mice eating holes in a grain sack.

What seemed like a good choice turns out to be flat failure because the choice wasn’t bathed in prayer.

Words rip through one’s emotion like a serrated knife through tissue paper.

And it’s so easy to be out of focus.

Where do we find it?

God’s Word: the Bible.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ” James 1:5 NASB

Dear Lord,
  Please help me to stay in focus. Show me what Your will is for each day. No matter what the day holds help me to view it from a place of rest and peace drawn from my relationship with You, Jesus. Thank You for reminding me to make wise choices and to use my time wisely.

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