Focus

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Back in January, I posted a Letter to the Candidates concerning the tenor of their character and blueprints of their respective campaigns, pleading with both to find the higher ground.

Okay, let’s get real. Those who are steadfastly voting for Hillary will vote for her regardless of her transgressions; those who are steadfastly voting for Trump will vote for him regardless of his transgressions.

Those who are still undecided continue to focus on the transgressions of both candidates instead of their relevant accomplishments.

“And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” (Matthew 6:12)

For those of us who believe in God, can we focus on our real Commander in Chief?

blurryWhen we take our focus off God, our vision becomes blurred. We focus on the small annoyances and allow them to get bigger; we focus on our anger and allow it to become resentment and hate. We focus on our lack and allow it to become jealousy and envy. We focus on mistakes others have made and allow that blurred vision to take us down a low road through a wide gate of combativeness, insults, blame, attack and defamation.

 

blurred-visionWhen we keep our focus on God and surrender our positions and agendas to the Holy Spirit, the difference in our vision is tangible. We see things clearly through His eyes. Small annoyances disappear into oceans of grace; anger melts before the warmth of forgiveness. Lack is buried by the abundance of blessings. We allow the eyes of God’s love to take us on the higher road through the narrow gate of grace and forgiveness.

Clear focus allows us the vision to see each person as His creation, worthy of grace and forgiveness, unencumbered by our own history, viewpoint, fears or prejudices.

So you must realize, my brothers and sisters, that through this resurrected man forgiveness of sins is assured. Acts 13:38

The things God commands us to do are sometimes difficult. They are sometimes against our human nature. We want to find fault, lay blame, hang onto anger and unforgiveness, and seek ways to punish. Those are not God’s ways.

Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison. Instead, be kind and compassionate. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

As we begin to see with precision, we might even begin to pray for perception, to pray for all those who hold office and those running for office. We might ask God to give all those in politics a hunger for revealing their own truth, a thirst to place others before themselves, and a deep desire to love Him before all others.

While many in our country argue over the words, actions and character of the candidates for POTUS, let us travel the higher ground. Let us ponder over the reasons the Lord has placed them before us. Let us ask ourselves what He wishes us to learn during this unprecedented time. Above all, let us pray and praise Him for His wisdom and timing.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to death is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

 

11 comments

  1. Definitely the more mature perspective.

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    1. Sometimes we just have to go there.

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  2. “When we take our focus off God, our vision becomes blurred.”

    Yes, and when we finally stop confusing our political parties with the Kingdom of God we can finally see what’s important instead of dividing ourselves further with our petty differences. Our hope is in the Lord!
    Praying with you…

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    1. Thanks as always, Mel.
      You and Maureen have a peaceful weekend.

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  3. I know people will disagree with me, but there is no equivalence, no fair comparison between these two people and I am horrified that anyone would believe there is. On one side is a flawed human being, on the other is a dangerous, selfish one. I cannot imagine this self-blindness with which some people are apparently afflicted but certainly asking the Holy Spirit to open one’s eyes is essential. I pray for this country every day.

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    1. Beth, I believe both are flawed in their own ways; neither is perfect.

      What I’m trying to do here is to get all of us to take a step back and see beyond our own understanding. The supporters of each side is vilifying the other candidate and his or her supporters. It’s just not that simple.

      We can continue to blame and call names and slander, or we can do what God asks us to do: stop judging each other and clear our vision.

      I think you know my “political leanings,” but I’ve had to ask the Lord for support and strength in this. The insight I’ve received is to focus on the humanity instead of the flaws. As I do that instead of arguing my own points, I trust God to open the eyes and ears of those who desire to see and hear the truth.

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  4. Thank you so much Susan for this reflections. God bless you and have a most blessed weekend

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    1. You too, Henry. ❤

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  5. Nicely done! One thing we may forget in this crazy political year is that God is still in control. Whoever wins this election fits His plan somehow. So we should be praying earnestly for both candidates, that they would have wisdom and discernment in these trying times. That is our duty.

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    1. Right on all counts, Pete. And we certainly shouldn’t be angry with each other about our choices.

      We need to understand these are two highly flawed human beings, just as we all are. However, we must also show we are loving Christians, able to focus on more honorable things, as the apostle Paul admonished us to do.

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