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Focused On His Master
We were sitting by the Connecticut River this weekend watching people
water-ski. There was a family close by with a beautiful chocolate Labrador
Retriever. It was fascinating to watch the dog when his master was out on
the river. The lab was alert and focused. His eyes were fixed on the boat as
his master when up and down the river. A squirrel could have walked under
his head and he would not have noticed. His master was all he could see.
While watching that dog I wished I could be so focused on my Master. How
grand it would be not to be distracted by the lure of the world. The first
song I ever learned was "Jesus Loves Me" but I am sure the second song I
learned was "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." One of the lines from that song
says, "And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His
glory and grace."
Character growth and sanctification are the product of focus. What we look
at, what we dwell on mold us. People who maintain they can look at, listen
to or read anything and it doesn't affect them are completely self-deceived.
If they could do that they would be defying a basic law of nature. Just as
surely as the force of gravity is always there so is the influence of exposed
culture upon our personhood. Guarding our mind should be our highest
priority. There are many things about ourselves we cannot change but our
character isn't one of them. That we can build or destroy. It's our choice.
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