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Friday April 22: Keeping our Focus

Scripture: “… for it is the time to seek the Lord…” (Hosea 10:12).

Have you ever felt that life is so full of distractions and that there are such pulls on your time that you have lost your focus? As God’s stewards, our goal is to live our lives for God’s purpose according to his grace given us by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament. Getting our priorities straight and sticking to them is one of the most difficult tasks we face. We are called to be faithful and not misdirected by the world, our flesh, or Satan. “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:14-15).

It is challenging, but, with God’s help, it is possible to keep God at the center of our busy lives. Because God promises that, when we call on him, he will give us the strength to overcome any temptations, we are able to say “yes” to him and “no” to the temptations of the world. God does not shield us from temptations, but he sustains us while we are facing them (1 Corinthians 10:13). With God’s help, we are able to recognize that much of life is meaningless when compared to the times we spend in God’s Word, prayer, and worship.

We may ask ourselves the question, “Does the way I live my life reflect the importance of my relationship with God?” We may also ask, “Does my faith help focus my life or does my faith get lost in the blur of busyness and day-to-day routine?” Our goal is to keep “the main thing the main thing,” which is to love, serve, trust, and obey our heavenly Father.

Prayer: Lord, help me to use my time wisely so I may glorify you. Guide me in your path. Amen.