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Shift your focus November 26, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour.
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In life, with all its circumstances and troubles, it is of paramount importance to keep perspective. Life throws up many challenges and troubles, even if you are a good person. Bad things happen to good people.

No matter who you are in life, things (good and bad) will happen to you. The question is, when things happen to you what direction is your focus. Is the focus of your circumstances on yourself…..or is the focus on God.

As I’ve said before, and I will say again, Christianity is never a walk in the park. It is a hard struggle, but God makes your burden very light.

Something interesting in the midnight praises that we say during the commemoration of Saints is “Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O struggled mantle martyr”. Every saint has struggled to reach the victorious life.

In other translations the word struggle is replaced with victorious: “Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O Victorious martyr[1]”. So which is it, struggled or victorious….? Well it’s both….struggling is equivalent to victory. When you fight in Christianity you have already won…..even if you lose the battle. You are victorious when you fight and rise. You can only lose when you give up, and fail to struggle.  

The problem is that we lose our perspective and think that struggling (of our problems and circumstances) means that we are failing and not victorious.

Whenever you have a problem in life, God tells you to keep perspective and shift your focus to Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, 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.” (Phil 4:6-8)

When St Paul wrote these words, he himself was having a pretty rough time of it. You see, St Paul wrote these words while he was sitting in a prison cell in Rome.  He was a realist, who was truly acquainted with life, yet he says be anxious for nothing.

 

Don’t deceive yourself and act as if you were immune to all inner trepidation but trust in Him no matter how you feel. Shift your focus on God and pour out your requests before Him.

 

Be thankful for everything you have or have had…this will help shift your focus on God

 

Fix your minds on Christ, His power, His love for us, and His great promises to us. We should immerse our minds with Christ and we will discover the truth of the prophet Isaiah when he wrote these beautiful words[2], “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa 26: 3).

 

 

 

 


[1] Midnight Praises, Commemoration of Saints, pg 39

[2] Anxiety, St George Youth Magazine, pg 19, 2011

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1. Rob - December 16, 2011

This is great work. I believe you should take steps to market this to more people. Perhaps you can create a public facebook account which publishes these documents publicly in order to gain more scope in terms of spreading the message.

Just a thought.
Rob

2. daniel ayad - December 20, 2011

I personally do not want to get facebook, but you are more than welcome to upload this blog to your facebook account to increase public awareness.

If you have the time or desire to do this, I would be extremely appreciative of this…..but I am very hesitant to create a facebook account

Daniel


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