Ever walked by something dozens of times and not really noticed it?
Not noticing things leads to a certain unintentionality that leaves us unconnected to purpose, vision, and direction. Unaware, we all do it…live with our eyes fixed on distractions, substituting the good for the best.
At our local Y, I was watching 3 of the dozen mounted flat screen TV’s, keeping an eye on my treadmill, and listening to music on my headphones. Isn’t that how our days are filled? Consumed with inputs. Fixing our attention on matters unconnected to our purpose? FB, Twitter…Careers…Parenting…Marriage…Friends, Neighbors…Overnight Visitors…DIY Projects…ad infinitum.
Among these distractions, it took me a moment to notice the Bible verse hanging on the wall: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
The analogy is striking.
The deceived aren’t often deceived intentionally! Many times the deception is unintentional…to them, at least. After all, if they were aware, they may save themselves from the deception, remaining instead, fixed on their purpose.
Don’t be deceived! Keep your eyes fixed on eternity.
“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Matthew 14: 27-30
“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!””