I don’t know about you but I never tire of beginning Jesus Calling by Sarah Young each January 1st. As I read the devotional and Scripture for today, January 2nd, I was struck by its focus. In fact, it was focusing on how much we focus on Jesus.
I know I’m lacking in this regard and had already included in my 2014 goals listed on a blog post at my writing blog, Sherrey Meyer, Writer, a desire to have greater focus on my spiritual health. And here the very concept was laid out so beautifully for me.
RELAX IN MY HEALING PRESENCE. As you spend time with Me, your thoughts tend to jump ahead to today’s plans and problems. Bring your mind back to me for refreshment and renewal. Let the Light of My Presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me. Thus I equip you to face whatever the day brings. This sacrifice of time pleases Me and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time together. Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from you. (Emphasis in green mine.)
Don’t you love the words “[l]et the Light of My presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me.”?
This is what I need to do every day — “focus [my] thoughts on [Him].” I need to be a Mary in this Martha world we live in. Even as a retired couple, my days fill up with multiple tugs here and pulls there. Some days my house looks less like a home than it did when the kids were small.
So, what am I doing with my time? Definitely, I must not be resisting “the clamor of tasks waiting to be done” mentioned above.
And despite the loveliness of how much He loves me and walks continuously with me, I fail Him and in so doing I also fail myself. I rip from my heart the chance to be His and His alone, but I must first focus on Him and make Him a priority ahead of all other tasks waiting for me.