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Detoxifying your soul

DetoxifyingYourSoulStaying Focused

If you’ve ever watched a home makeover TV show, you’ve seen some clutter. And you’ve seen how eliminating it becomes essential. Oftentimes, a professional organizer helps to keep the homeowner focused and on track. The process always requires some purging. They look at each item and the organizer helps the homeowner assess its value, and if necessary, cut his or her sentimental ties to the item, and get rid of it.

This process is especially important for people who tend to be hoarders. Typically at the end of the show, the homeowner says that the procedure was a difficult one, but well worth the effort. To get the “Big Reveal,” every homeowner must fully participate in this process.

We all need a “personal organizer” in our life. It may be someone or something that keeps us on task so that we avoid becoming overwhelmed, lose focus of the mission, and miss the “Big Reveal.”

Staying focused is a must when it comes to eliminating distractions from our spiritual health and wholeness. Attention to spiritual growth implies an ongoing journey of spiritual rhythms that help us live out the truth found in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (MEV), “But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.”  We must be careful to draw our attention toward God, rather than to the latest religious fad that is devoid of biblical foundation. Such fads can distract us from seeing Jesus.

Focus means singleness of purpose. With so many “good” things vying for our attention, how do we sift through them to find what is best for our spiritual growth?  Paul speaks to this sifting process when he says, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ…” (Philippians 1:9, NIV) To thrive or flourish in godliness, we must be aware of Christ in us and working through us.

What is it that you need to do to stay focused on Jesus? Few of us are called to live a monastic lifestyle devoted to contemplation and prayer. How do we live Christlike lives as we take the dog to the vet, stand in the grocery line, travel to the office, and go to our kids’ soccer games? The answers to those questions are as diverse as we are many in number. Here are some ideas to remind you of Christ’s presence:

  • Carry a small cross in your pocket. It will remind you that you are connected to Christ.
  • Whenever you hear a phone ring, allow your thoughts to take you to the “throne of God.”
  • Set your watch to alarm at specific times during the day. When it goes off, do something to reconnect with the Lord.
  • Place in strategic places sticky notes with scriptures written on them.

Our adversary would like us to feel burdened by all that we “must” accomplish, or feel disappointed as we fail to measure up, or feel anxious as we struggle to manage a perfectionist’s attitude.

“Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor”  Hebrews 12:2 (VOICE).

part two of a five–part series
by Major Lauren Hodgson

To read other articles in this series, please click:

Part 1: Baby Steps

Part 3: Finding a ‘place’

Part 4: Striving for Excellence

Part 5: Recycle Your Garbage

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