Published April 16, 2013

Shelia Shares....
"Where's Your Focus?"

On Easter Sunday, we were to the home of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They had prepared a marvelous meal and it was a good time with extended family.

When we arrived, Paul and I were talking. It was drizzling, so we made a dash for the door trying to get out of the rain.

After the meal, Paul's brother asked if we had seen the van in the driveway. We looked at each other and asked, "What van?"

We had walked right by their brand new van and never even noticed it parked in the driveway — or, at least, didn't realize its significance. Our eyes were focused on getting to the door of the house and our thoughts were fixed on food and family — so much so that we missed noticing the van entirely.

The ability to focus is important. But the object of our focus is even more important.

The hymn "All For Jesus," written by Mary D. James in 1871, speaks about living life all for Jesus — being focused on Him. In fact, one of the lines is, "Let my eyes see Jesus only," while another verse talks about fixing our eyes on Jesus so that "I've lost sight of all beside."

Can we really say that Jesus has our complete attention? Can we say that in the midst of all of life's problems and distractions, we see Jesus? When others see this world, do we keep our eyes on Jesus?

Mary D. James had the right idea to make it through every day regardless of the circumstances — do it "all for Jesus." Here's how she said it...

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours;
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform His bidding,
Let my feet run in His ways;
Let my eyes see Jesus only,
Let my lips speak forth His praise.

Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I've lost sight of all beside;
So enchained my spirit's vision,
Looking at the Crucified.

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours;
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours.

What has been the focus of your thoughts this week? Let the words of this song encourage your heart. Place your cares on Jesus. Use your hands to work for Him. Use your voice for His praise. Tune your thoughts to Jesus. Focus your eyes above this world and look only to Jesus.

- Shelia

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