Staying Focused

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 2:11-22). Prayer is always a good way to sustain the spirit and this one from Ephesians I believe is particularly good to embrace. The writer commends the readers and encourages them to focus on their relationship with God in order that the gift of the spirit of God within will continually guide and strengthen them.

Often the issue we have in this journey is whether or not we will allow God’s love to guide and strengthen our resolve to do the work God has called us to do. Our focus on the spirit within will help us stay a course that is pleasing to God. This is not to say that the course will be perfect by human standards. Rather it is a course that involves praise and thanksgiving for our blessings (including hardships & lessons learned), confession and repentance for our mis-steps (including disobedience to God’s word) and our testimony to the glory of Christ to which God in his grace heeds. Thus, when we lose focus (as we sometimes do) in this journey, God’s discipline and mercy will help us regain our focus on his spirit within and move us forward.

Lost And Found


For the believer, when life in the Christian journey becomes indistinguishable from the world you’ve probably lost your way. It happens to all of us at some point and time and its not always devastating, tragic or permanent. However, when you realize that you are lost, the moment can be scary and filled with anxiety. The parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:10-20) is an encouraging one for those times when we find ourselves traveling the wrong path. Much of the time we get lost because we simply take a wrong turn. We often stay lost because we fail to ask for directions. We may find our way, but it definitely takes us longer and a lot can happen in that lost time. A wonderful reconciliation begins to happen when the joy of the Shepherd at finding the lost, is met with comfort and relief felt by the one being found. All day long I will sing praise and glory to the one who seeks me out especially when I forget that it is okay to ask for directions!

Matthew 18:10-20 If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?