Sometimes we live on the bench and wonder why we are never in the game. We begin to doubt and worry about what we see in the natural and we forget to place our eyes on our Creator. We often look for peace and purpose in the grandeur of life and the glory in our accomplishments. But, when we return to ourselves, post success, empty, and ready to be filled, God is there eagerly waiting to speak to us in the stillness of our lives.
In Matthew 6, Jesus is talking about the core of our human experience as He speaks in verses 30-34 saying “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes”. (MSG)
How many times have we blamed our circumstances for missing our opportunities? We need to stop focusing on the “stuff” that allow us to survive and missing the things that allow us to thrive. When you live a life with focus, you have the energy to live the life you were created to live. God is not supposed to be our back up plan, He needs to be a priority. Pursue God first and watch how He brings everything together. There is a blessing found when you are in alignment with your assignment.
Sometimes the Lord has to take us out of our comfort, so that we can open our eyes and get perspective again. God’s plan for us is to tap into the limitless source found in Jesus. In John Chapter 4, we see the Samaritan woman’s realization of this truth as she left what she previously placed her value on (the water jar) and ran with her source (the revelation of who Jesus is).
Refocus on the attentions and goals that God has for you. Run the race and keep your eyes on your pace and not on someone else’s. The distractions get greater when you get better. Come into a covenant with God where you align yourself with what He has called you to do. Sometimes what you think is important is the enemy of true effectiveness. Focus on pursing God and your faith in Him, and watch how nothing in this world can derail you from your destiny.
What is stopping you from pursuing God? Is it your relationships, your career, or your mindset? Have confidence in God’s plan over your own priorities. You have everything you need on the inside of you. All you have to do is stay in your lane and keep your eyes on Jesus.