Did you know the synonyms for distraction are madness, lunacy, insanity, craziness? Don’t those words describe some of our days or even weeks? Focus, a central point of attention, attraction or activity seems to lost on our culture, many of our families and family life. How can I focus on what is important? With piles of clothes lumped in a pile on the couch, dinner crumbs from a week ago that need attention, and dishes in the sink from yesterday, how do I get my footing for today?  Add to those distractions of  work and family, how is it possible to focus on God, His Word and understanding my own story in light of the big story of God creating me in His image for Himself and His Son? How do I take in the Scriptures, feeding my soul on a regular basis, when smartphones are buzzing, the TV is announcing the latest tragedy, and I’d rather be home when at work or somewhere else when I’m home and three kids are starting world war three?(Definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com)

Looking back over almost fifty-four years, there has been a foundation laid which is unchanging. Beginning in my teen years, God’s Word became the footing for the future. The regular and ongoing reading and studying the Bible has been key in understanding why I’m here on this earth for a few years. What does God want for me today has become the question I want to answer for 2016 and however many more years I have. I cannot answer God’s purpose for you, nor will I ramble on with my take on life. What I would like to leave you with is the encouragement to press on today in your pursuit of knowing God. And, no I certainly do not have my act together knowing God, nor do I wear a halo. I don’t have all the answers but I know the One who does. My heart, mind and soul has been tried and I have found the Lord to be enough, when life has left tread marks on my heart, the Lord has been the light in the tunnel and He.is.enough.

We are all very busy with jobs, families, crumbs and clothes. But, time spent in laying down a firm foundation of getting God’s Word into hearts, minds and souls will prove to be more important than any crumb waiting for me or clothes that will eventually need to be ironed. May we all “…pursue as our goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14