May 9, 2019

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Sitting and thinking this beautiful May morning…

I’m thinking about keeping attention focused on Jesus.  That sounds easy but not so much when we’re going through stressful times.  It is so easy to keep attention on whatever the issues are and how frustrated we get.  Sometimes we can get so caught up in the excitement of our pain that we put Jesus on the back burner until we can muster some energy to look his way.

Even when we know better.

I have learned from experience that even though we go through the fire of others looking down on us for whatever reason, even though we have to fend off the flaming arrows of the evil one, even though it seems that no good outcome is even on the horizon much less right in front of us…our charge is to trust Jesus, to call on him to make whatever resolves, and keep our minds focused on what is right and good.

We are to pray for those who want to be our enemies, ask God to bless them and change them.  When we persevere God will answer.

It is so difficult to pray for our adversaries that we rarely think of it, but praying for them allows us to see them in a different light and it puts our focus back on Jesus, the one who can make the necessary changes.

Like any of our relationships with people, when we serve them, when we pray for them, when we act on their behalf…we receive much more than we give because our focus is on Jesus…not our issues.

Peace

Jim

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