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Looking Forward

Deut 5: 32-33 “…do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”

When I was a little girl, I took ballet lessons and loved every minute of it. I so looked forward to the annual recitals, the costumes and the different routines we all had to learn. I had difficulty keeping my balance so not only did my feet dance but my tongue also. I would be a bundle of nerves as my class took its turn on stage. Would I forget my steps? If I did, would anyone notice?

I learned early on that if I focused on the dance teacher, who was usually in the wings, and did not look to the right or to left to see what my classmates were doing, I did a wonderful job.

I decided some time back to look forward and to not look at what was happening on my right or my left.  God has recently been showing me the importance of living out His calling for me without looking around to see what others are doing, or seeking their approval and applause. How easy it is for us to get sidetracked if we take our eyes off what He has asked of us. Like a horse with blinders on, we should be focusing straight ahead and not looking to the right or to the left.  It sounds like it would be easy until insecurity, envy, fear, etc. rear their ugly little heads.

I know that I can get sidetracked easily. I look at my friend’s unique calling and think; “I can do that.” This is double minded thinking (James 1:6-7). One minute I am thinking right and the next minute I am thinking left. The problem with this type of thinking is that it causes you to lose sight of your special gifts and abilities.

God has called me according to His unique design for me. My calling will not look like yours and vice versa. I have learned not to feel obligated to fulfill a calling that is not my own, or to feel inferior for having a calling I might see as less important. God has designed the body to work together, incorporating each individuals calling for His glory, not ours. Because I cannot see His master plan, I must trust that my calling is part of His greater purpose and walk in that trust.

Maybe you have a job that you are certain is hindering you from accomplishing something greater. Begin today to thank God for His plan for you and His calling on your life for such a time as “right now.”  Also, begin to seek God’s will - His good and pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2) – for your life, and then keep your focus on Him as you walk in that will, looking neither to the right or to the left, but forward.

Power Word:

Philippians 3: 13-14 “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and strain toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Jesus Christ.”

1Corinthians 9: 24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Joshua 1:6a-7- “Be strong and courageous,…Be careful to obey all the Word…”do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”

Reflection:

What is your calling? Take time to write this down in your journal. If you do not know what your calling is, spend time in fellowship with Him and His Word daily (Matthew 6:33 & 7:7-8) and ask Him to reveal it to you. He will honor your request.

Write down a number of ways that you can keep your eyes fixed on Him despite the stumbling blocks you face. Remember every stumbling block is a stepping stone to freedom!


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