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29 Sept – Get Off My Boat!

get off my boat

I often have to be reminded to take my eyes off the problems and drama’s happening around me and instead determine to look firmly ahead to what God’s purposes and plans are for my life.

When we do that we begin to concentrate on what we are meant to be focusing on, rather than being distracted by the “noise” around us. Knowing what our purpose, passion and God given gifts are helps us to do this as it keeps us motivated and empowered to move forward, rather than looking behind or to the left or the right at what everyone else is saying or doing.

The “force” of our purpose and knowing what we are made to do and be also protects us from the things or people who may drag us back or down. We’ll leave them in our wake; like a speedboat in motion leaves a wake in the water. A speed boat’s “wake” causes turbulence that is difficult to get over or through. The more momentum we have the bigger our wake and the less “stuff” is able to attach itself or get on board the boat.

We are like that speedboat when we have momentum and life’s drama’s, negativity and the cares and concerns of the world are much less likely to drag us down as we are being focused, are being mindful to deal with any fears and worries and recognise what really matters in life.

However if we are constantly listening and looking at all the problems, other people’s issues or just the noise around us these become like weights climbing aboard our vessel. They serve as distractions and we can easily start entertaining these “weights” if we start listening and looking at them.

The bible talks about the importance of keeping momentum in what God has called us to do and be. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,”

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13)

Today make a decision to focus on your God given purpose and what you are motivated and passionate about. Focus on those things that bring joy, fulfilment and are God’s plan for you. Think on, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” And then leave the rest in your wake. (Philippians 4:8),

Prayer: Lord please help me to remain focused and free from the things that try to entangle and drag me down. Give me strength and endurance to gain the momentum I need and then wisdom to keep moving forward. In Jesus Name Amen.

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