Moving Forward...Adjusting Focus

From "My Reflections on San Francisco"

From "My Reflections on San Francisco"

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2013 was a good year.  If nothing else the fact that I am writing and you are reading makes it good.  We are blessed with another day.  However, we cannot help but look back and re-watch the highs and lows we lived out in the previous twelve months.  As I recall last year and dream about the next I believe that I spent too much energy focusing on the wrong things.  I am not a negative person or an overly optimistic one; I prefer to think of myself as a realist.  I accept things as they are positive or negative but I am also a person of great faith and that means regardless of current circumstances I wholeheartedly trust that God has our best days ahead of us.  No matter what is going on, I firmly believe it is all part of a bigger plan and that plan always works out for our best according to His will (Romans 8:28).  So, here is my dilemma; when I am presented with a new set of circumstances, do I focus on the positive or negative that comes with every new situation?  Let me be specific.  I focused more on my “have not’s” than I did on my “haves” especially in my role as a Pastor.  Here is where I pray for change in 2014, I pray that;
  •         I will focus less on “what could be” and focus more on “what is”.
  •       I will focus less on where we have been and focus more on where we are going.
  •         I will focus less on what has been broken and focus more on what is being built.
  •         I will focus less on our challenges and focus more on our victories.
  •         I will focus less on my weaknesses and focus more on His strength.
My hope is that we all focus on the positive in every situation and not get distracted and slowed down by focusing on the things that we cannot change.   In other words, let’s find the blessing in everything and spend some time savoring it.  When we focus on His blessings we lose focus on our shortcomings and challenges. 
Happy 2014!

Contributed by:  Pastor Gary

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