The Focused Life
It sometimes happens to me when I’m driving. I’ll be breezing merrily along when suddenly I become aware of another driver nearby, or in the opposing lane, darting erratically and potentially threatening my safety, or my very life. Instantly everything comes into sharp focus – I reduce my speed; I scan the road ahead for room to maneuver and hopefully avoid whatever might be about to happen. For the next several minutes I am laser-focused on driving. I am not thinking about work, or family, or what’s for dinner that I need to pick up at the grocery store. And I realize that although I am behind the wheel of nearly 2 tons of deadly force, I was not actually focused on what I was doing, because I do it by rote, without thinking, almost every day. Are you ever like that?
Two little words that completely changed my life are: “BUT NOW”. Paul wrote in Romans 3:21, “But now, a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”. You heard me speak on this passage last Sunday and it bears repeating. Because if, or when, MCA’s focus ever drifts away from the singular mission of furthering the cause of Christ with our families, our friends, our beloved community and the PAOC Global Workers we support, then we’ve lost our way.
We live in a world of distractions. Daily reports of strife between nations, racial tensions, unimaginable atrocities within Canada’s indigenous communities, not to mention the ever-present Covid 19 pan/endemic with the threat of new variants each day – all competing for our attention every second of every hour of every day. The very technology that was supposed to bring us all closer together via ‘social media’ is not only driving wedges between us, some have been doxxed into oblivion, desperate for any form of human contact.
Will you join me in re-focusing through the months of October and November to exactly why we are here? Will you eliminate distractions in your personal daily routine and once again make Jesus Lord of your life? Will you begin each day, or end each day, with a portion of scripture and a word of prayer? Will you ask Holy Spirit each morning to lead you in a path of righteousness to help you fulfill God’s plan for you that day? This is the only way that I know of to avoid the dangers, threats and ‘car-crashes of life’ that are “darting erratically” in your immediate future and mine, threatening our safety and perhaps our very lives.
Rev. Ginette Howse