As we draw to the end of this year, I am posting this excerpt from the book “Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God” by Noel Piper. I believe that most of us are reflecting upon the year that’s finishing and at least thinking about the next one. I hope this helps you.
Lilias Trotter was a missionary to Algeria, but before that she was also an artist. There was a time when her desire for ministry and art competed against each other, as both passions consumed her time and energy. So she had to pray and decide what to do.
“She knew it isn’t possible to be wholly consumed twice. It is not possible to give yourself totally to two different masters. But, she came to see, it is possible that one of the passions could become servant to the other.”
After she prayed, she made her decision. “She enjoyed her art now as a gift, not a passion. Much later, she realized even more strongly the importance of focusing on Jesus, rather than on all the good things he gives us.”
“Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen good harmless worlds at one– art, music, social science, games, motoring, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the “good” hiding the “best”…
It is easy to find out whether our lives are focused, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day?…Dare to have it out with God…and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His glory…
How do we bring things to a focus in the world of optics? Not by looking at the things to be dropped, but by looking at the one point that is to be brought out. Turn your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him.”
May our focus in 2011, wherever we are and whatever we do, be Jesus Christ and Him crucified.