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Find Your Spot - By: Samuel Ludington

Holy Cross - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This morning I was in the gym working out, attempting to do a leg exercise requiring a great deal of balance.  As I tried to do the exercise I (as well as the entire gym) soon realized that balancing myself was not my strong suite, as I stumbled clumsily side to side. A woman who was observing all the while trying to refrain from laughing, mumbled to me under her breath “Find your spot.”  I didn’t realize what she said so I just smiled and kept working out, or attempting to work out. She walked closer to me and repeated herself, adding “Whenever you are trying to keep your balance, the most important thing is finding an object in front of you and keeping your focus on it. If you can keep one focal point, balancing will be much easier.” As I tried her advice, I realized that what she said was in fact true, the more I focused on one object the easier it was to maintain my balance. As I was thinking about what she said I soon realized that the same thing is true when it comes to our walk with God. Our faith walk is much like a balancing act; we try to stand upright and yet there are forces pulling us in each direction causing us to stumble clumsily. The key to maintaining a balanced and effective Christian walk is to “Find your spot.” If we can keep our eyes focused on Jesus, we will find that it becomes much easier to maintain our balance and stand upright in Christ. When Jesus walked on water, Peter called out to Jesus and began to walk towards Him. Peter was doing the supernatural while keeping his focus on Jesus, however the minute he took his eyes of Jesus he realized the reality of his actions and began to sink. While Jesus was gracious and rescued him, one thing remains, when Peter kept his eyes fixed on Jesus he was able to do the impossible. The same can be said about our own lives, as we keep our eyes fixed on Him we will be able to do and accomplish things that we never envisioned. In Philippians 3:14, Paul says, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” As we walk out our Christian lives, I have one piece of advice, “Find your spot.”   

Shawn commented on 25-Jan-2012 06:06 PM
I think that's really true Sammy. So often it's easy to keep our focus on God when we are at church, in bible study, or among Christian friends . . . but then when we end up back out in the "world" and things start happening left and right, it's so easy
for our focus to shift from God to all the things that make us doubt and overwhelm us (just like what happended to Peter when walking on water). If we can just keep our focus on Jesus and "find our spot" then it can really change everything!
Gaby commented on 26-Jan-2012 12:05 PM
I enjoyed this blog very much. It reminded me of all of the times that I have kept my focus on God and how it helped me balance my life; so much so that it felt that nothing could go wrong. God truly blesses us when we set our eyes on him. I personally
think that as human beings we focus on our sinful past, on our baggage, and everyone else's problems, instead of opening the bible & giving God precious prayer time. I know I am guilty of this & that is what inhibits me from keeping my focus on Him. Thanks
for a great blog Samuel! ~I found my spot=Jesus~
Dan commented on 03-Jul-2012 10:12 PM
I'm currently have some concerns within my everyday life which i am trying to address and solve; the balancing act that is my life will be much simpler now. To focus; what a simple and true solution. Thank you.

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