Sometimes, like a child learning to ride a bicycle we as mature Christians still need to adjust our focus in life, so we stay focussed on the way ahead and not become distracted by the many loud and strident interruptions.
Thoughts of the past must be surrendered to the ONE who holds our future and it must only be to love, comfort, and care for fellow travellers in THE WAY that we move our attention from our journey onwards.
Paul had a lot of distractions, attempts to kill, or capture him. Perhaps he, suffered from memories of past sins and was haunted by Stephen’s face as he was being stoned to death,
Despite all this he could write to the Church at Philippi. Phils: 3:13
‘Now, I focus on this one thing forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.’
Christ died to give us an abundant life. Let’s focus onwards with HIM.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
Grateful for the One who Was and Is and Always Be. 💕
Lately, I’ve been having a LOT of distractions (and little patience). Thank you for reminding me about Paus, as I never really thought about poor Paul and all his different distractions.