Focusing on Christ...

 I am reading a really awesome book right now called If You Want to Walk On Water You've Got to Get Out Of the Boat by John Ortberg. I am nearing the end of the book and I've gotten so much out of it. I was reading in chapter 8 last night "Focusing on Jesus" and it had some wonderful tips!
  Ortberg was telling the story of Frank Laubach, a missionary to the Philippines. Everything in his life was falling to pieces around him. Finally he went off to hill by himself (well, he brought along his dog) and cried out to God. God spoke to him in a powerful way causing Frank to say, "My plans have all gone to pieces. Drive me out of myself and come take possession of me and think thy thought in my mind." WOW What a powerful prayer! Imagine God's thoughts rolling around in your mind!Ortberg went on to give some tips inspired by what Frank Laubach wrote for staying focused on God. I think they are amazing and thought I would share them here, so we can try them together!
  •  In a social setting, whisper "God" or "Jesus" quietly as you glance at each person near you. Practice "double vision" as Christ does - see the person as he is and the person Christ wants him to be.
  • At mealtime, have a extra chair at the table to remind you of the presence of Christ. As you see it, or touch it, remember his words: "Lo, I am with you always..."
  • While reading a book or magazine - read it to him! Laubach asks, "Have you ever opened a letter [or more likely clicked on an email these days] and read it with Jesus, realizing that he smiles with us at the fun, rejoices with us in the successes, and weeps with us in the tragedies? If not, you have missed one of life's sweetest experiences."
  • When problem solving at work, instead of talk to yourself about the problem, develop a new habit of talking to Christ. (This is, after all, what Peter did with his problem of sinking.) As Laubach says, "Many of us who have tried this have found that we think so much better that we never want to try to think without him again!"
  • Keep a picture of Christ or a cross or a word from Scripture someplace where you will see it just as you're going to sleep. Allow God to have the last word of the day. Then let your eyes and mind begin there in the morning. Laubach writes, "As we open our eyes and see a picture of Christ on the wall we may ask: 'Now, Master, shall we get up?' [If you're not a 'morning person' you may need a definite word from the Lord on this question.] Some of us whisper to him our every thought about washing and dressing in the morning, about brushing our shoes and choosing our clothes. Christ is interested in every trifle, because He loves us more intimately than a mother loves her babe..."
  I love these tips and really want to try putting them into practice! I do have Scripture on our bedroom wall, as well as a picture of Christ, AND a cross. But I never once thought to use that as a reminder to wake up in the morning with Jesus. I expect some wonderful changes and experiences to occur when I put these into practice. I invite you to do the same, and please let me know what comes out of it in your life! Be Blessed today and every day!
"Your words were found and I ate them, And your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
Jeremiah 15:16