Daily Devotion: FOCUS

"Commit your work to the LORD."
Proverbs 16:3


   In that moment when the sea was raging and the sky was dark and thunderous, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus....On. The. Water. His focus: Jesus. Just Jesus. All Jesus. To be near his Jesus, his friend and his teacher.   A few steps forward and he became suddenly aware of what was happening around him.  He was walking on water during a storm. He saw everything else and took his eyes away from Jesus and immediately began to sink. 

  The work is never-ending. While Peter sank beneath actual waves, how often do we drown under the energy-zapping distractions that come with a constantly growing To Do list. The work that we do can become all-consuming.  Whether that work is running a business, working for someone else or raising kids and taking care of the home front (or all at the same time), we can quickly and easily become consumed. Work that was once inspiring and invigorating becomes drudgery. Our priorities become skewed and procrastination, distraction and even depression can set in. We grasp at anything and everything in an attempt to feel some measure of success and stability when we feel like our world is dissolving into chaos. 

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
— Psalm 127:1-2

  If you are feeling as though you are doggy paddling in the middle of a stormy sea, working hard but making no progress, here is something for you to try: fix your eyes on Jesus.  How does a person do that?  Through prayer.  Pray constantly, in all things. If it is bothering you, it is of great enough importance to take before the throne of grace. Ask Jesus to step in and assume his place as Lord over your home, your work, your business, your family....you. "Jesus take the wheel," as Carrie Underwood would say. When we align our work with the will of God, it will yield success. Perhaps not in the way that we originally planned, but God is good and he is faithful.