It is too easy to get distracted. There are always 'things' that demand our attention. These 'things' are not always bad things. In fact sometimes they are very good 'things'. Sometimes these 'things' are urgent, sometimes they are not. We have to deal with these 'things' as they come our way, but it is very important that we stay focused on the path that God has set out before us.
Here are some passages on my heart today...
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed--that exhilarating finish in and with God--he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. (Hebrews 12:2 MSG)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV)
Along with these passages, let me share a couple articles that I read today that really spoke to my heart.
- Five Healthy Questions, Perry Noble They are all great questions and really speak to the issue of staying on course. I particularly liked Questions 1 and 4. Take the time to read his article and let me know what you think.
- Blackaby: Church Health Linked To Pastor's Spiritual Health This is a great article! I sometimes feel guilty when I barricade myself in the office or go hide somewhere to study. I shouldn't! Just like Moses went up on the mountain to be alone with God and bring the Word of God back down to the Israelites, pastors need to get alone with God, hear from Him, and bring the Word back to God's people. I'm going to start setting time aside to disconnect with everything (including technology) and connect with God.
To summarize both articles...If you want your pastor to "BRING IT" on Sundays, he needs to spend some time on the mountain with God first.
Finally, I want to encourage you to listen to some great music! Take the time to listen to something that will minister to your spirit.
Have any of you tried out Yahoo LAUNCHcast Radio? It's free and it is awesome! I go to the Christian section and then Praise and Worship. Very nice to have in the office while reading or studying. They have been playing 'Shout To The Lord' by Ruben Studdard (American Idol 2005) and it's really good! That dude can sing!