RE-FOCUS

The Most Important Ones

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no…

Big Rocks First

Fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith… Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) Each of us have lives filled with rocks, which come in all shapes and sizes.  The big rocks are the important things we should spend our time on while the smaller ones are things we do to fill our time.  We…

Value Presence

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV) We all have responsibilities to take care of.  These can be important activities in our lives,…

Trust Him

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow…”  Matthew 6:33 (NIV) God knows what we need before we even ask for it (Matthew 6:8).  He knows about every area of your life – relationships, finances, emotions, etc.  He…

Value Quiet

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.  Mark 1:35 (NIV) Life around us can be very busy.  We have families to take care of and jobs to perform.  There are household chores to take care of…

You Are Being Watched

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.”  1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT) Everywhere we go we set an…

Be Generous to Others

“…use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.” Ephesians 4:28 (NLT) The work we do is not just about us.  While God uses it for us, it is also there to benefit others.  God blesses us through the work of our hands so we can be a blessing…

Maturing Me

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much … If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own?  Luke 16:10-12 (NIV) As parents, our goal is…

Provision

“We were not idle when we were with you … On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:7-8 (NIV) We were created to work.  Our work has multiple purposes.  One of those purposes is to prevent us…

God’s Idea

“… so God created man in his own image… male and female … and God said to them, `… Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over it …”  Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV) We spend our lives looking forward to time off from work.  We can’t wait for the weekend and count down the days until…

Refocus on God

Come let us bow down in worship… before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6 (NIV) Life should reflect work, play, and worship.  Adults must live their lives so that children and young people will know what truly matters.  Life is not just work and play.  Work and play alone leave people empty. Worship [connecting with God]…

Include Time for Fellowship on Your Sabbath

Connect with other believers on your Sabbath day.  Take time and encourage each other.  Spending time with like-minded people rejuvenates us and spurs us on. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together… Instead let us encourage one another … Hebrews 10:25 (GNT) I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us…

Include Time for Family on Your Sabbath

Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love… Ecclesiastes 9:9 (NIV) Enjoy the other gifts God gave you…your spouse, children, family, and friends. Draw your family together.  Talk with each other about dreams, passions, hobbies, and ideas.  Let your conversations linger on and really engage with one another. People who connect with their families live…

What to Do?

What should you do on your Sabbath?  Here are some ideas to get the full benefit of the gift God designed in the Sabbath: –  Use the day to rest.  Our bodies were not built for non-stop work.  In fact, scientific research shows that it’s harmful to your body if you do not take breaks. …

God’s Word to Workaholics

In the 10 Commandments, 4 are designed all about how we treat God and 6 are about how we treat each other. Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is…

Choose

“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) We all have a choice in who we will serve.  We can serve God and follow His ways.  We can choose to go our own way.  We set the example for…

Agree

“…if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”  Matthew 18:19 (NKJV) Synergy is defined as the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate…

Dedication

“…what God has joined together, let no one separate.”  Matthew 19:6 (NIV) When a man and woman join together in marriage, they are making a covenant.  A covenant is a formal, solemn, and binding agreement.  They stand before God, family and friends and enter into an agreement of what they are committed to do together…

Do to Others

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV) We all live our lives surrounded by relationships. We can choose to take care of them by treating others the way we want to be treated or think only…

Separation from the Past

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24 (KJV) We are all born into a family. Our birth family can have many shapes, sizes and forms. We grow up with our family and learn how to interact with others.…

Refocusing Our Troubles

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:15 (NIV) It is not uncommon for us to call on God when we have trouble in our lives and feel overwhelmed by them. It’s good to call on Him for help in times of trouble. However,…

Refocusing Our Schedules

“Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number.” Jeremiah 2:32 (NIV) Our lives are very full with work, family, hobbies, friends, and more. We have busy schedules that keep us going from morning until night, but do we take the time to…

Refocusing Our Relationships

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) We are called to live a life in accordance to God’s commands. While there are many commands we may have no trouble following, there are also likely to be some that are difficult for us to follow. We are raised up or…

Refocusing Our Time and Treasures

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (NLT) So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31…

Refocusing Our Priorities

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 (NIV) Life can get busy.  We find ourselves obligated to our jobs, families, friends, hobbies, and more.  When…