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Some Days it’s harder to Focu… Hey, Look!

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped.  My heart LEAPS for JOY, and I will give thanks to Him in song,” Psalm 28:7.

There are days when I read such a verse and I join right along in the Psalmists Joy.  I feel like dancing and singing (and sometimes I do!!!).

Then…there are other days.  Days when I want to SMACK the person who wrote such crap or smite the person who sent it as a “reminder.”

What’s the difference?  Why are there some days I feel like bursting into jubilant song to my LORD, and other days the thought of being joyful makes me want to hit someone?

Sometimes it’s circumstance.  Something bad just happened: A call from a sick friend; a news flash that reminds me that this world is evil; a headache; a clashing conversation with a loved one; a reminder that our expenditures have outweighed our income… again; an expectation that went unmet; a restless nights sleep.

Sometimes there’s no perceivable explanation.  I’m just in a raunchy mood.  Everything seems irritating.  I try to overcome these times with scriptures like Psalm 28:7.  Sometimes it helps; sometimes it frustrates; sometimes the crude mood just escalates.

Why?

In part, we live in a sin-invested world.  In part it is because life comes with trials and tribulations. Part of it is hormones (right or wrong, I blame hormones for most).

Nevertheless, much of this difference in attitude is FOCUS.

So I’ve come up with a tool to help:

F: Forgiven.

     Remember that I am wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked; Nevertheless, I’m forgiven. Rom. 5:8

O: Optimism.

     Or in Biblical terms: HOPE.  I must set my hope on things above and not on earthly things.  Col. 3:2

C: Compassion.

     To step back and understand the suffering of others.  Col. 3:12-13

U: Undeserved:

     Remember all the grace and mercy given to me… by God, others, & I should give myself.

S: Satisfaction:

     From what root is my satisfaction growing?  Am I fully satisfied in the LORD? Psalm 90:14

Join me in following the example of Jesus and lets set our FOCUS on the Father… then leap and shout for joy, for we deserve punishment (eternal punishment) but in Christ we are BLAMELESS (Eph. 1:4)

Kenda Moss

Eve Center Executive Director
1 Peter 1:3-4