When we get so focused on the happenings around us, we get confused, torn, and even shattered. In fact, we get disillusioned to the point of falling apart. I speak of this because that is how it is for me. It is so easy to focus on situations around us to the sides, and even behind us. Keeping focus on the moment of now ~ that God has for us to embrace and live, is harder than it seems more so because it is dealing with ourselves.
There is a passage in Galatians that keeps calling to me. Both out of conviction because I have let it happen, and conviction that I have caused it in others by my own doubt and confusion.
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. Galatians 5:7-8 NIV
When we do not have our spiritual blinders on in our journey, we get focused on the happenings around us. Perhaps out of wanting to help someone get through a testing period, and with no other motive but to "help". But .... allowing those situations into our own life, is allowing someone to "cut in" on you, especially if it has anything to do with the journey God Almighty has called you to. I KNOW for me ~ I can get so torn, so sidetracked that I find I am often unfocused and feel like I am swimming against the current that God is calling me to follow. A lot of wasted energy, a lot of fighting for no reason.
Say what you will, but I know that God has called me to this journey of purification. A journey in which I have to pull away from situations and take the moment to put on my blinders. I can't spend energy fighting against the plan He has clearly led me to over and over. Yes a journey to holiness.
44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Leviticus 11:44 NIV
He called me to this journey where He could grab my attention ~ where my heart was/is. Weight loss/ Health. For someone else, it may be dealing with a shopping addiction. For others ~ cursing, drinking, or smoking. Who knows. And for me it means putting on the blinders to be able to continue this journey without being shaken from this path. I know without a shadow of a doubt that many think my journey is wrong, even maybe sacrilegious, or that my view of God is construed. Guess what. I can't worry about that. I can only follow this path ~ because I HAVE seen the fruit of it. It does bring peace, joy, and life!
In December, it seems weird for me to be posting about this rather then fun and intriguing Christmas traditions, but in reality this is what this month is for me! Living, loving and sharing God's greatness through living my life in the way He has called me to!
Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.” Jeremiah 25:6
What gods are you following that are keeping you from the One True God? gods ~ with a little g.... are "things" or even "people" in your life that you are devoted to ABOVE God Almighty. An example may be: food, greed for money or things, following your own plan in life without consulting God, a bigger house, a smaller car, being the best soccer mom there is, an adulterer, this list goes on and on. God says DO NOT FOLLOW THEM...... and He will not harm you!!! These things ARE harmful! They destroy your life! They are leading to DEATH, and keeping you from LIFE! Put those blinders on with me, walk forward and allow God to lead you to a life of purity, love, joy, peace, and HOPE!