Monday - March 6, 2017
BIBLE READING: John 16:33
Day in and day out we find ourselves facing challenges. These challenges come in many forms and impact various aspects of our lives, such as family, school, work, and spiritual. Whether young or old, male or female, country folk or city folk, we each face daily challenges. Some of the challenges we face are the same, and some are not, but they are challenges to each of us nonetheless. Oftentimes, these challenges result in us becoming distracted from our primary cares and priorities, causing us to look for the “squirrels” (for those fans of the Disney movie Up, you should understand the reference).
Many times in our lives it is as though Satan yells "SQUIRREL!" and, just as Doug the Dog, we easily become distracted, looking for the squirrel. People, businesses, schools, community organizations, and even churches suffer every day because of a lack of focus. They take their eyes off the ball. They lose sight of the finish line. They don't have their priorities straight, and end up going down rabbit holes and looking for squirrels.
The hope of this weeks’ devotional study is to provide you a way to help maintain your focus. In fact, we will use the acronym F.O.C.U.S. to highlight 5 ways to help us maintain focus. By maintaining focus, it is my hope that you will find and/or maintain peace within.
Application: Discuss the kinds of challenges you face daily.