Focus on God's Faithfulness
Thursday, February 22
Izzey DeCarlo, confirmed in 2012, family has been members since 1998
"But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. - Psalm 16:8 (NIV)
During my first year of college, my gaze wandered from my relationship with Christ to my performance in school. What had previously been a healthy amount of dedication and drive had become an unhealthy obsession to do extraordinarily well. Before I went away to school, every adult attempted to ease my freshman jitters with the encouragement that college had been the best four years of their lives. That sentence was always followed with nostalgic stories of their experiences. I looked back on these conversations confused as to what piece I was missing. Why was I not having the time of my life?
The answer I have discovered is that my relationship with Christ was no longer at the center of my life. My obsession with school had kicked the Father off His rightful throne in my heart. The One who could offer me supernatural peace, unending joy, and an abundant life had been misplaced. This changed as I became involved in an internship at my church in Tuscaloosa that commits me to events throughout the week that push me to set aside my to-do list, seek the face of God, and serve His people.
Take a moment to look up the word "focus." It means "center of activity." A point of concentration. A directed attention. Where is your attention directed? Our focus may be on different idols. Maybe for you it's work, family, or social media. Regardless, we all have worldly distractions vying for our time, attention, and affection. Take a quiet moment to reflect on what could be sitting on the throne of your heart. The enemy will always be scheming to redirect our focus on the ways of this broken world. For me, I have chosen to make a daily choice to seek first His kingdom.
When the sun is at the center of our solar system, the planets make a perfect orbit. If the sun was to disappear, the planets would go flying out of orbit, causing chaos to erupt. My hope and prayer is that during this Lenten season we would all place the Son back at the center of our solar system.
Heavenly Father, search my heart. Show me the areas of my life where I have failed to put You first. Take back your rightful place on the throne of my heart. You are worthy of all my attention. You are not an afterthought, but rather my first thought. I commit to seeking first Your Kingdom. Let my gaze be transfixed on You today, Jesus. Amen.
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