“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which ae behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of he upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

   The Joshua CodeThese two verses are our memory verses from the book: The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. This book provides a devotional thought on 52 Bible verses that every Christian should know. The verses above deal with our FOCUS as believers. The devotional was a wonderful reminder of the power of focus. When a beam of light is focused it can cut through steel (a laser beam). Focus in life is what is needed if we are going to accomplish anything of significant value.

   Too many times we get caught up in doing so many things that we do nothing well. As a pastor I see this all the time. People wanting to be involved in everything, but never really doing anything well. They also are unwilling to let go and allow others the joy of serving. We forget that doing one thing well can make us an expert, and exceptional in training or mentoring those who are following in our footsteps. I would like to think that my one thing as a pastor is preaching the Gospel. I want to be known as a gospel communicator!

   It is also important for us to realize that focus is what gives us that impetus to always be moving forward. As a pastor I can never be satisfied with what I think I know. No, I need to always be in the school of lifelong learning. I must always be ready to learn new ways to accomplish daily chores. Far too many people give up learning, and still far too many have all together stopped reading. What? Pick up the book in whatever field of study you are interested in, and learn (GROWTH). Reach out for those wonderful things that God has set before you. Someone said, “If you are not dead, you must not stop learning.”

   Focus will push us forward. What are your short-range and long-ranger goals? Where do you want to be 18 months from today? How much further down the track of life will you be? Well your life count for something? Pursue the dreams that God places within you. Don’t quit – go after all that God designed you to become.

   Where are you going? Set that goal. Like a hunter who has a scope on his rifle, so the believer must also scope out where he is headed. Set your sights on where he is headed. Now, get up and get going, and as you go keep Christ always before you.

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