Dog focsuing on owner

Focusing on Jesus…

“…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…”

~Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Trinity is now about 4.5 months old and we have begun working more and more on training her. Right now, it’s basically just to get her to sit, lay down, and not jump on us. We have also been working on some more challenging maneuvers; such as having her walk beside us on a leash and a new one where she focuses on us. The goal of the focus training is to get her to pay attention to us despite various distractions such as treats or other toys.

This reminded me of our relationship with God. Life is full of distractions. Chores, school schedules, sports activities, and church commitments. It’s very easy to let these daily activities get in the way of our time with God.

So, how do we make sure that God stays at the top of our priority list?

I believe that there are three simple steps to keeping our minds focused on God each and every day.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus for you.”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1) Rejoice.

Look for the good in everything that you do in a day. Expect God to show up and do something wonderful. Continually look for Him and wait for Him. He will be there, we just have to be ready for Him.

2) Pray Always.

This one seems a little challenging, but so rewarding and life-changing. Keep a continual conversation with God during the day. Thank Him for what He has given. Ask Him for what you need. If you think about a friend or family member pray about them too! Ask God to help them through the day and guide them in their decisions.

3. Give thanks.

Thank God for all that He has given you, all that He has done for you. Thank Him for the good parts of your day and the challenges. Remember that the challenges you face make you more like Jesus. Thank Him for molding you into the person that He created you to be.

Although the steps listed here are not easy they are well worth it in the end. Fixing our eyes on Jesus enables us to live in the here and now.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue