Posted on: 29th January 2018
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
Focusing on the future can be scary, for some thinking about the past can also be a daunting experience. This week’s theme revolves around our focus, like we talked about last week actually framing our world and for some of us it may be easier to think about where our focus is than others but don’t worry, wherever you are at when you are reading this, remember that God has a plan for you, he loves you and wants the best for you (Jeremiah 29v11).
Probably the most famous painting in the world the Mona Lisa (by Leonardo De Vinci) hangs in the Louvre in Paris, France. It is a portrait of a woman called Gherardini and became the topic of conversation due to the women’s expression being indecipherable. Many stories have been suggested as to why her face is painted in such a way, was it her character? Does the image depict how Di Vinci was feeling? Does it show how Di Vinci saw Gherardini?
Whatever the story, Gherardini was the focus of Di Vinci’s painting, ready to be framed.
Your focus frames your world.
If you were to draw an image of what your world looked like now what would you draw? Would it be just as you see it? Would your expression be indecipherable or would you know exactly what you were trying to show? Would you show every unique detail or would your brush stokes make the image fuzzy in some places and blurred in others?
The writer of proverbs reminds us to seek wisdom as our first focus. In fact chapter 4 really goes to town on what we should focus on in verse 25 it says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
It encourages us not to focus on what is behind, not to look to the left or to the right but to look straight ahead and keep our gaze fixed there.
So where is your focus this week? How does it frame your world?
Posted on: 22nd January 2018
Two weeks ago, we talked about each individual being made up of mind, body and spirit. This week we are delving into how we grow in those areas. As many of us already know, studying, reading and learning new things grows our mind. We also know that exercise and healthy eating is good for development in our bodies. However, how do we grow our spirit? How do we remain strong not just in our mind and body but also in our spirit?
We can learn two things from health gurus and apply them to our spiritual growth.
- Work your muscles in a focused way.
You cannot just keep on going the way you always have if you want to change. You have to work on the area you want to change in a focused way. The bible reminds Christians that when they followed Jesus their old self, their old spirit died and they were a new creation (2 Corinthians 5 v 17). So what is the point in doing the same old things if it does not strengthen their new spirit?
- Eat right
Guard what you put into yourself. Instead of letting things around you just happen, take control of what you are exposed to. Again, for a Christian the bible reminds us that all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3 v 16-17). Reading the bible is healthy for us and our spirit, even if all we take from it is moral truths.
This week, consider: where does your focus need to be? What needs to change in your diet for you to be able to grow your spiritual self?