Fixing Your Focus

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil (Proverbs 4:25-27, New Living Translation).

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Focusing on the important things and keeping on the straight and narrow are keys to success.

Focusing on the important things and keeping on the straight and narrow are keys to success in life.

Consider a few related quotes:

  • “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape”—Anonymous.
  • “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”—Alexander Graham Bell.
  • “Concentration is the secret of strength”—Ralph Waldo Emerson.

And a couple related resources:

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Who Is Telling You Where to Go?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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Wouldn't it be great to have a GPS for our lives we could completely trust?

We named our GPS Kevin. Most of the time Kevin is good at telling us where to go, and we appreciate it. But occasionally we don’t completely trust the information he gives us.

Sometimes it would be nice to have a GPS to guide us through the uncharted territory of life. Even better would be a GPS we could trust completely.

God provides that!

Rather than rely on our own limited understanding, God offers insights in the Bible we wouldn’t naturally see. And there are many good reasons to completely trust Him. Check out:

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Where to Find Wisdom

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).

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Wisdom isn't about climbing a mountain to find a guru...

Many imagine that the search for wisdom involves climbing a high mountain in Asia to find a wise man—a guru—on top.

But in reality the best place to find wisdom is by visiting the throne room of the universe! With the amazing “technology” God makes available, we can do that from the comfort of our own homes.

As James explains: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

These resources can help:

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Don’t Booby-Trap Your Own Life!

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!…

When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away. But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives! (Proverbs 1:10, 17-18, New Living Translation).

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Don't booby-trap your own life!

Proverbs is all about cause and effect, and the cause of much evil is the power of negative peer pressure. It’s tough to say no to pressure and temptation, but these resources can help:

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The Law of Kindness

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness (Proverbs 31:26).

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Kind words make a world of difference!

The famous virtuous Proverbs 31 woman sets a high standard for all of us! If we all governed our tongues always with the rule of kindness, what a drastically better world it would be!

For a helpful biblical study on kindness, see:

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Caustic Effect

As the beating of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels (Proverbs 30:33, New Living Translation).

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Cause and effect: churning cream yields butter and...

We see cause and effect in action every day, but somehow it is harder to remember that human relationships are governed by cause and effect as well. We seem to tend to think the other person should be more giving and forgiving than we would be. But in reality, we have to realize that if we don’t want fights, we can’t do the things that make others mad.

The following article has some sobering but helpful tips gleaned from the history of the American Civil War:

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Thimk B4 U…

Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20).

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People spouting opinions from their soap box are often hasty in their words.

How many times have I been warned to “think before you speak”? The key is to not just think about how mad I am, but to consider how what I am about to shout out will affect those around me.

Watch this great video (or read the transcript) for some bad examples and good advice:

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