For God to do something more in my life, I need to focus. I need to stay in tune with Him. I need to listen to His prompts and act according to the way I am led. For me, that isn’t as easy as it to write. I tend to get distracted. I tend to jump from topic to topic.
I tend to get trapped in my worldly thoughts. I started a new job – I need to do x y and z. My yard needs to be brought back to life – because I want it to look nice. I need to lose weight in preparation for my Colorado trip and climbing a 14er. I need to organize my fishing trip. I need to figure out how to do… what to do… why I am doing… etc. Then you throw in the fact that my wife’s company just told them that they are closing her office and everyone is being laid off.
In addition, I tend to get trapped in my Christian thoughts. Man I need to write. I need to read this book. I need to find a good men’s group. I need the help of strong brothers. I need to pray more. I need to pray for my wife. All those thoughts as well as me asking God, “what can I do about my wife not believing in You?”
Distractions, distractions, distractions. Some are good. Some are bad.
So what am I doing about it? Well, I finally settled into a men’s group that meets consistently. It is a mix of young, middle and old guys. Good men – willing to listen and help.
What can I do better? Well I can start to write more. I can take some time to focus on Him more. For example, during my commute to and from work I can use that time to pray more. I can use the time I spend working on my yard to focus my thoughts on Him rather than listening to the ballgame. I can use my time on the bike to do the same. I can use my lunch break to read the bible, or my Tozer book.
Well, you get the picture. Then there is the thing I put on my personal to-do list not long ago. I put it as a daily reminder to pop up first thing in the morning – “make a difference in someone’s life today.” Not make a difference in the life of someone someday, or whenever, but every day. If I want God to radiate from me, I need to respond with actions in faith. I need to do more than sink into myself behind a closed door. I need to be an ear. A voice. A hand. A presents. It might be the same person every day. It might be someone different.
Today I have been led to focus on my cousin, Jack Hamm. I will reach out to him, and offer up prayers for him. I will continue to be an ear for him. I will continue to offer advice and support. He is my cousin, and most recently he is my brother.
So, Jack if you are reading this, know that I am praying for you. Know that we still need to have dinner sometime to chat about your life recently. I am here to listen to the pain, to the joy, and whatever else you need to unload.
Your Brother in Christ.