Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract–let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.
Psalm 119 verse 37 is such a meaningful verse to me. I read the amplified version and it is cut straight.
I do believe that all the things around us is vanity compared to where we will spend eternity. Some are consumed with fashiom and clothes, others are consumed with make up trends, some are consumed with the newest tech, some are consumed with romance in their lives, in movies or in books, some are consumed with food, how it tastes, how to make it and how it is made. Perhaps ‘consumed’ is a heavy word to use. Obsessed can be used also. The point I’m making is that these things are not only interests, but they are things that have the focal point of our attention.
Yesterday, I finally got a fitbit! I’m excited about it. I do know that I can not center my focus and attention on what it can and cannot do. I am glad about the things I know it can do, like count my steps. Counting my steps was the main reason I wanted one, but for those of you who know about the fitness watch it can do so much more than count your steps, which for me is an added bonus. This takes me to a verse I read for the Our Daily Bread devotional. Psalm 119:33-40 Fifteen-Minute Challenge. The reading was about reading for 15 minutes a day. It started out with an introduction about the president of Harvard University writing books that he suggested can help the individual reading it, if they read it for 15 minutes a day. The author of todays reading then raises the question of what if we read our Bible for 15 minutes a day? I wonder what if we commit to spending time with God for 15 or more minutes a day? Reading His word, praying, and praising and worshiping Him. This is what I hope to do until I get hired for paid work. All of our situations are different though. Some of you reading this post may already have a part time or full time work position, some of you may work from home, some of you may be stay at home moms and dads. This is why I use the word ‘commit.’ It is our choice as to how much time we spend with God. I read something that Rick Warren wrote, I think it goes something like how close you are with Good depends on you. I agree and understand because God is available and He wants to have a relationship with us.
So, as I desire friendship, I realize that I don’t have to focus on friendships now. I can focus on my relationship with God though and strengthening that friendship and relationship. I took a look back on how my friendships with others have progressed throughout life. Elementary school friendships were good. Junior high school friendships were okay, not like elementary school though. Then high school. In high school I think I had people who I called friends and they’d say the same about me, but it never really developed into a continuous friendship. Hence why I have few friends now, plus I’m learning the whole friend thing I think. Oh, and I also was not outspoken and I’m still closer to not being outspoken. Enough about me and friendships.
Psalm 119 verse 37 is a prayer for me. I’m so glad I have a fitbit now. Yet, I do not want to focus on that all day. I think that would become boring. I want to enjoy the things in this life and appreciate them, but not let them become my focus or the center of my attention. I know who should be my focus and the center of my attention, and that is God my Father, my papa, the Holy one, righteous in all of His ways, I love Him, I praise Him, I worship Him, I give Him the glory due His name. He is a mighty God and I believe I will continue getting to know Him in my life and how He also works in the lives of those I interact with.
Are you getting to know Him? God, Jehovah, Jesus, the giver of peace, grace, mercy, and love?
You should get to know Him. He loves you and wants a relationship with you.
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