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Contentment can be found when we focus on Jesus

Kim Harris
October 27, 2013
This past weekend, I fell into the dreaded stress routine. There were articles to write, laundry to wash, floors to clean and kids who demanded my undivided attention. When I get to that point where my life begins to overwhelm me, I often put myself into a self-imposed time out to try and regain my composure and to reorganize my weekend "to do list."

As I sat in the backyard by the pool in my "woe is me" state, my husband brought me a cup of coffee, sat down and asked what was going on with me. As I took the steaming cup of coffee from him I began to lament about how there just weren't enough hours in the day.

"I just can't work full time, take the kids to where they need to go and keep the house clean," I said in my whiney voice. "I just can't."

Instead of coming back at me with a statement intended to sooth my rattled nerves, he just sat there staring at me. In frustration, I sighed heavily, and turned my head toward the corner of the yard where my girls had hung a hummingbird feeder this summer. I didn't say anything to him, but instead thought about how the feeder was almost empty and how the girls had abandoned the chore of making hummingbird nectar.

"Just another thing to add to my list," I thought to myself in despair.

Andy finally spoke.

"You know," he began. "The dirt will be here long after we are gone."

I just looked at him, confused and even a little bit angry that he wasn't offering to help take some of my chores off my plate.

"You need to give it up to God, Kimberly," he reminded me. "We have to remember to keep our eyes on God and know that he is always there for us. That's how I get through when I am stressed or worried. Think about the birds, the Bible says they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

All I could think was, "Did he just quote Matthew 6:26 to me?" I looked away again and as I did there was a quick movement that I caught out of the corner of my eye. As I turned my head to see what was there, I saw two hummingbirds flitting through the air, and you guessed it, right towards the nearly empty bird feeder. I looked at Andy and he just gave me that knowing smile of his.

As Christians it is our responsibility to keep our eyes on our loving creator. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that "We must focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Sometimes in our lives it's easy to let earthly things rule our lives, but when you make God the center of your life, you become at peace with life's little curveballs, you know that He will always watch over you and care for you.

Needless to say, I didn't finish all of my "to do list." Sure, the kids got to where they needed to go, the floors did get swept, and thanks to my husband the laundry did get finished. Even though there are still about a dozen things on that list we didn't accomplish, I walked away from the weekend with a great reminder of how good God is and how great my life can be when I make Him the center of it all.

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    Bible text-- which translation?
    November 14, 2013 | 08:06 AM

    Some very good thoughts on focusing on Jesus. I love the translation of Hebrews 12:2 which the author uses.
    Please advise which Bible translation is used!
    Thank you!

    Marcia Schwartz
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