Where's your focus?

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Philippians 4:1-9

A theme that stood out to me in today's passage was FOCUS. Take a look at what these verses tell us about where our focus should be.

Verse 5: "The Lord is at hand." Other translations say "Remember, the Lord is coming soon." If we focus on the fact that Jesus is coming back, it should motivate us to live for righteousness and to have an eternal perspective.

Verse 6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Ever notice that worry only produces more worry? That's why we're urged to take our needs straight to God. And after we pour out our hearts to His listening ear, our job is to focus on Him (not our issues)--fixing our thoughts on His character and His promises.

Verse 9: "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Our minds dictate our sense of well-being, our attitude, our peace. That's why we need to tell ourselves what to think instead of letting our minds wander to whatever comes naturally--thinking about self, worrying, fearing what's ahead... Paul tells us to fix our thoughts on truth, on what is good, and ultimately, on God. When our focus is on God, there's no room for anxiety, selfishness or fear.

So what kinds of thoughts tend to cause you anxiety, fear or lead you down the road of focusing on self? How do you or can you choose to focus on God, on what is true from His Word, on what is pure, lovely, admirable? Meredith

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Being a bit anxious by nature, I'm constantly asking the Lord to help me combat and release those anxieties. I've always found Him faithful in doing so. While I know that I'll experience these things, I don't have to dwell on them, and can share them with Him.

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