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Out of Focus

Several years ago I was proudly walking through our house and was headed out the patio door for a great summer afternoon when I was met rather rudely by a thick glass door panel. Yes, the man seeking a Ph.D., walked right into the glass patio door. And glory to God it felt fabulous. This rather painful incident taught me a valuable lesson in staying focused. I had gotten caught up in the beauty of the day that I forgot to see h\what was right in front of me. It is in those times that we can miss the bigger picture. Several years ago, I had someone tell me that they had been playing a baseball game as a child. This game was the “big” game for the area and it was the last inning and last out. This person was playing in the outfield and on cue, the ball was popped in his direction. Thye told me that he had tried so hard to catch the ball that he dropped it and they lost the game.

Are there times in life when we try so hard that we miss the ball or the point of what God is wanting us to see. My thoughts are that there are a few reasons why the answer is yes. One is that we fail to see the help that surrounds us. We find an example of this in 2nd Kings 6, where Elisha and his servant find themselves along with the Kings army surrounded. Elisha’s servant was worried and told Elisha that we are surrounded. However, being a man of faith, the prophet said to take another look and prayed to God to open their eyes and let them see what he saw. When they looked again what they saw was that the enemy was surrounded by God’s army in the hills.

Today, we can take a lesson from Elisha. No matter what we see in our way, no matter the report from a doctor, we can find a new line of sight and refocus in knowing that NOTHING is settled without God. God has the last say in anything in our lives. So today, I declare that it is time for each of us to refocus our line of sight and place our eyes on the cross of Christ. Who tells us that HE is the way, the truth, and the life. Nothing escapes him and nothing overcomes him. 

God, I pray that you will give us a different view, a Godly perspective. God give us faith in times of trial and praises in times of blessing. When we doubt let us see what you see. God, you are good, and you are faithful help us to live out our faith knowing and trusting you in you. 

Remember that Brenda and I love you and that God does too. Prayers for my brother Kevin’s family. Prayers for my brothers and sisters in Matamoros. Prayers for my spiritual grandmother. Prayers for those who are fighting addiction. Prayers for all those who are in pain and need Jesus. God lead them to you.

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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