What Grabs Your Attention?


D ifficulty concentrating

I  mmobilizing my mind

S anity disrupted

T hinking distorted

R unning in circles

A nxiety setting in

C onfusion increasing

T ension mounting

I  nvading my schedule

O ut of control

N ot the way to live

S top it!


Read Hebrews 12:1-3

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

While watching TV one day, I was distracted by a black spot moving up and down on the screen. Though I tried to stay focused on my program, my eyes were continually drawn to the movement.

Suddenly, I realized that a tiny spider was climbing up and down a web that was invisible from where I sat. Because I let that industrious insect capture my attention, I missed most of my program.

Too often, I let the distractions of everyday activities take my focus off of Jesus. When that happens, I get sidetracked and make plans without first consulting Him. I end up missing many of the blessings God wants to give me.

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” If I put Christ first, He promises to supply all my needs. Shouldn’t that motivate me to keep my eyes firmly focused on Him?

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What grabs your attention and distracts you?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com. Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

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