“I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30
Jean Fleming calls it “the focused life.” A Quaker teacher Thomas Kelly refers to being “organized by a single, mastering Life within us….an integrated life.” E. Stanley Jones says it is a “a sense of wholeness.” The world whirls beneath and around us and we feel ourselves being ripped apart by needs at home and on the job. Conflicts with colleagues cloud our judgment. Economic uncertainty sends us into the world of “what ifs.”
While Jesus lived in a time and place that to us seems less complicated and harried, He had similar pressures. How could He live three short years training a group of followers who never seemed to “get it”, but at the end of that period say with grace and confidence, “I have finished the work You gave me to do.”
I believe He confidently knew Himself, His goals, His focus. He walked purposefully into each day, training His followers, healing the sick, establishing His Kingdom, yet always ready to hug small children and cook breakfast on the beach.
Father, help me carefully center myself in You and thus arrange all the priorities of life around that center. Help me be aware of You in the rushing whirlwind of schedule as well as in the softness of a baby’s cheek.
By Marilyn Ehle
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