We’re home! We totally enjoyed being involved in what God is doing in people’s lives in Romania and Poland, but it’s nice to return to the familiar. It’s also nice to return to our marina community and to get caught up with what’s been happening in our friends’ lives.
Gene spent several hours yesterday helping one neighbor figure out the sails and rigging for his boat. During their conversation, this first-time boat owner said that he and his son recently took the boat down the river toward open water. He steered the vessel from the outside while his son busied himself inside. At one point, his son called for his attention.
Our neighbor, still standing at the helm, looked inside to see what his son wanted. When he did so, he inadvertently turned the wheel ever-so-slightly. The momentary lapse nearly caused a crash with a rock wall.
“That close call taught me to stay focused on where I’m going,” he said. “I’ll never look away again, not even for a few seconds.”
Our friend’s lesson applies to more than boat safety. It applies to our spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being as well.
The psalmist wrote, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8 NIV). His words remind us that our focus must always remain on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) The moment we move it to anything else, we run the danger of shipwreck. Here’s what that looks like in daily life:
- If we focus solely on grim news headlines, fear and despair engulf us. Looking to Jesus brings peace.
- If we focus on a friend’s prosperity or ability to succeed with seemingly little effort, envy and jealousy rear their ugly heads. Looking to Jesus brings contentment.
- If we focus on our spouse’s annoying quirks, a critical spirit rises within us. Looking to Jesus teaches us to love unconditionally and reminds us to extend grace.
- If we focus on satisfying our own desires before seeing to it that others’ needs are met, then we become selfish and egocentric. Looking to Jesus teaches us to be selfless.
- If we focus on difficult circumstances that have suddenly flipped our lives upside down, then disappointment and bitterness can overtake us. Looking to Jesus brings hope and stability.
Being human, our focus naturally shifts to the things listed above and to others not mentioned. We run into trouble when we let our focus linger where it shouldn’t, so the moment we’re aware of our lapse, we need to put it back on Jesus. Prayer, playing or singing worship music, and reading the Word are the best means for doing so.
Can you think of another example of how shipwreck happens if we focus on anything other than Jesus?
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