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Attention



John Mark Comer - “What you give your attention to is the person you become. Put another way: the mind is the portal to the soul, and what you fill your mind with will shape the trajectory of your character. In the end, your life is no more than the sum of what you gave your attention to.”


There are a lot of distractions, and we are becoming really good at tuning out things and tuning into those distractions. So, what are we putting our attention to?


We live in a right now world…instant gratification. We used to call in a microwave world but now that is too slow for some. We can do so much just from our phones and once we are there, we can spend so much time just scrolling and looking at different things.


Input and lots of it and it takes our full attention sometimes, but it shouldn’t or doesn’t need to.


I know I like to zone out and watch something on TV, but I have become aware of all the devices at our fingertips that I try to only watch something after dinner. Because I need to put my attention to other things and the people in my life.


1 Timothy 4:16 - Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.


It is important for me to filter out what I am putting my attention to.


What we pay attention to is what we put our energy into, and it can push us in many directions. After work I have become intentional not to go home and sit…. I sit at work but when I get home there are things there that need my attention. My kids need my attention.


I want to make sure that I’m not being selfish just because of one excuse or another. I want to make sure I’m letting my kids know that it is my full intention to spend time with them in some form or another.


I don’t want to push housework aside and then become overwhelmed because I kept pushing it away. I also don’t want to spend all my time doing housework, so it gets divided up and that is perfectly fine.


In Psalm 127:2 it says, It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food; for God gives rest to his loved ones.


Because of verses like this I am aware of what I put my attention and time to. I want to be intentional and not just busy.


Isaiah 28:23 says, Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.


This is the most important way I need to pay attention. I want to spend moments all day everyday making sure that I am refocusing on God and not getting caught up in what is going on around me. I try to be intentional with my time and in that is with my time with God.


We pay attention to what is important to us, where our priorities are, and God is a huge priority and therefore I make that time because it is important to me to make sure that I am doing my best to stay in God’s will an to hear Him guide me throughout the day.

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