I was in the kitchen sweeping my floor for the second time that day. My husband and I had friends coming over and I wanted the house to be nice and clean. The problem with that is we have two adorable Lab puppies (9 months old) that shed like crazy. I cannot tell you how many times I have to sweep in one day, and no matter how many times I do it, I still get a big ole pile of hair and dirt that they track in from the back yard. Each time I sweep the floor the dogs try to chase the broom around and step right in the pile and spread it all around. So I send them out to the backyard, only for them to come right back in and bring dirt back in the house. You know, as frustrating as it is once in a while, I wouldn’t change a thing about them.
God always has a funny way of speaking to me. I know that story seems a little pointless and probably boring at first, but I just want to share with you the silly ways the Lord opens my eyes to things.
As children of God, we carry around all this dirt (sin) in our lives. God begins to sweep up that dirt by forgiving us, but we get distracted by worldly things and just spread it all over again. So we begin to feel guilty and try not to mess up, but another worldly thing catches our eye, and we bring the dirt back in our life again. It’s a never-ending cycle. As much sin as we bring into our life, God still forgives! No matter how many times in a day that he has to pick us up, He is right there to do it again.
I think we often overlook Christ’s love for his children. I know I do; I mean, let’s be honest, no matter how hard I try, I mess up time and time again. Then I ask the Lord for forgiveness, but a couple hours later I do the same exact thing. Darn it! As much as I try not to, I sin every day and Christ sweeps it right up from me because he loves me. Christ loves you the same!
One of the many things the Lord is teaching me is to quit focusing on what I have done, and focus on what Christ has done. Many of us are so self-absorbed about what we are doing that our own failures become more real to us that Jesus does. Yep, I said it. We are so selfish, that all we can focus on is what we have done wrong instead of what Jesus has already done.
So what do I do to turn my focus onto him? I started journaling more often again. Instead of starting off my prayers with the things my heart desires, I start out by thanking Him for what He has given me, and the things He has done. I believe that if I first recognize what Christ has done for me, my actions would look much differently.
Join me in turning our focus to God, and not ourselves.