Posts Tagged ‘focus’

Story of the day:  Focus

Tom Friends of The New York Times asked coach Jimmy Johnson what he told his players before leading the Dallas Cowboys onto the field for the 1993 Super Bowl.

“I told them that if I laid a two-by-four across the floor, everybody there would walk across it and not fall, because our focus would be on walking the length of that board.  But if I put that same board ten stories high between two buildings, only a few would make it, because the focus would be on falling.”

Johnson told his players not to focus on the crowd, the media, or the possibility of falling, but to focus on each play of the game as if it were a good practice session.  The Cowboys won the game 52-7.

A Christian must not focus on the negative, but only on what is “excellent or praiseworthy”

Quote of the day:  Rollo May

“It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”

Bible verse of the day:  Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

“Finally, brethren. whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to live a focused life that is pleasing to You.  May I meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, and lovely.  I pray to not run in the opposite direction or faster when I lose my way, but that I run into Your arms, a place that knows me from the inside out and loves me unconditionally.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Seeing through clear lenses

     Emotions can tend to distort our vision.  We don’t always see things clearly when our emotions are running high.  Bill Crowder writes in Cracked Lenses:  “I started wearing glasses when I was 10 years old.  They are still a necessity because my 50-something eyes are losing their battle against time.  When I was younger, I thought glasses were a nuisance–especially when playing sports.  Once, the lenses of my glasses got cracked while I was playing softball.  It took several weeks to get them replaced.  In the meantime, I saw everything in a skewed and distorted way.

     In life, pain often functions like cracked lenses.  It creates within us a conflict between what we experience and what we believe.  Pain can give us a badly distorted perspective on life–and on God.  In those times, we need our God to provide us with new lenses to help us see clearly again.  That clarity of sight usually begins when we turn our eyes upon the Lord. 

     As we turn our eyes to the Lord in times of pain and struggle, we will experience His comfort and hope in our daily lives.  He will help us see everything clearly again.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Focusing on Christ puts everything in perspective.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 141:8

“But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;  In you I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that I can see any situation that I endure through clear lenses.  I pray that my emotions do not distort my vision causing me to see things unclearly.  I pray to always focus on You and all that You have planned for me and my family.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Focus on Jesus

     We can become so focused on what we think Jesus wants from us that we lose focus on Him.  “As important as it is to focus our daily lives on what he would have us to do, it’s even more crucial to focus on who He is.  As we see Him before us in every circumstance, and as we keep our eyes fixed on Him, we can walk on the water of adversity and, better yet, be changed into His image “with ever-increasing glory.” Nick Harrison

Quote of the day:  Bernard of Clarivaux

“What we love, we shall grow to resemble.”

Bible verse of the day:  2 Corinthians 3:18

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror of glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to be transformed by Your Glory into the person that You created me to be.  Father, I worship You and praise You for all that You are and for all that You do in my life.  Words cannot begin to express how much I love You and for how thankful I am to be Your child.  I pray that my heart continues to grow for people and that Your Love spills out of me and into them, and that they will know that it comes from You so that You get all the glory.  I thank You for my life, my family, and for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                                  Story of the day:  Living a focused life

   Sometimes it can be difficult or “tough to live a focused life.  From every direction, something or someone clamors for our attention.  A distraction draws our eyes and the next thing we know, we’ve swerved off the road and headed down another detour.

   One Chicago youth pastor came up with a clever way to keep his group on track.  Concerned that the balmy beaches of Florida-the site of their upcoming evangelism trip-would lure the teens from their purpose, he fashioned a cross from two pieces of lumber.  Just before they climbed on the bus, he showed it to the group.

   “I want all of you to remember that the whole purpose of our going is to glorify the name of Christ, to lift up the Cross-the message of the Cross, the emphasis of the Cross, the Christ of the Cross,” he announced.  “So we’re going to take this cross wherever we go.”

   The teenagers looked at one another, a little unsure of his plan.  But they agreed to do it and dragged the cross on the bus.  It banged back and forth in the aisle all the way to Florida.  It went with them into restaurants.  It stayed overnight where they stayed overnight.  It stood in the sand while they ministered on the beach.

   At first, lugging the cross around embarrassed the kids.  But later, it became a point of identification.  That cross was a constant, silent reminder of who they were and why they had come.  They eventually regarded carrying it as an honor and privilege.

   The night before they went home, the youth leader handed out two nails to each of the kids.  He told them that if they wanted to commit themselves to what the cross stood for, they could hammer one nail into it and keep the other with them.  One by one, the teens drove their nail into the cross.

   About 15 years later, one fellow-now a stockbroker, called the youth leader.  He told him that he still keeps that nail with him in his desk drawer.  Whenever he loses his sense of focus, he looks at the nail and remembers the cross on that beach in Florida.  It reminds him of what is at the core of his life–his commitment to Jesus Christ.” (Chuck Swindoll)

Quote of the day:  Haddon Robinson

“You will invest your life in something, or you will throw it away on nothing.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 15:58

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is so easy to become distracted.  Father, as I pick up my cross daily, it is a constant reminder to me that You paid the ultimate price and that Your love for me is far greater than the things in this world.  Father, when distractions come my way, may I be reminded, just as this story has told, that You are at the core of my life and living for You, serving You, and loving others is a commitment that I wish to honor.  I thank You for this day and I love You for all that You have done.  

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

Funny Friday Quote:  You many have a bad apartment if….

  • It’s the same bedroom you had as a kid, but now your parents are charging you two grand a month.
  • Your building’s security system is a cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood.
  • Rent must be paid in small, non-sequential bills.
  • Every time you pass the doorman, he’s wearing another article of your clothing.
  • you can’t get through your bedroom door because of the yellow police tape.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:3

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for rest this weekend from all things that are distracting and that take my focus off of You.  May this weekend be a time of reflection from the things that You have done for me and a time of worship for loving me the way that You do.  Father, I will turn to You when things may seem chaotic and I will trust in You to give me the courage that I need to endure any situation that may be set before me.  I will look to You every single day of my life as my Ultimate Source of hope, peace, and strength.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen