Focus – your focus frames the world


Focus

Posted on: 29th January 2018

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
Proverbs 4:25

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?

X-RAY – Your Real Identity Comes From The Inside Out


Blog - Xray

Posted on: 6th November 2017

“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
James 1:18

Over the next few weeks we are going to be thinking about our identity and where our worth comes from.

If we were to be scanned through a machine that only saw our worth, what would the machine show? Would is show our make up and fancy jewellery? Would it show our designer clothes and latest gadgets? Or would it show our hearts?

When it comes to thinking about our identity it’s worth remembering our heart, our passion, our love. It’s worth remembering where our identity comes from, not the things on the outside but the things within. It’s also worth remembering that it’s no mistake we are made and built the way we are. In James 1 v 18 it says:

“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”

That’s right, God chose us! He saw us before we were in our parents minds and He still wanted us here (Jeremiah 5 v 1). He conquered death for us to be here (John 3 v 16) and He gave you a plan and a purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29 v 11).

Our identity, if we choose it to be, is in Him, the one who saw all our imperfections and still called us perfect.

This week, start to consider your identity, what you would look like if you were scanned through a machine, what worth would be found in you and your identity?