Are You Looking Straight Ahead?

Proverbs 4:25: “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.”

Have you set goals for the school year even if you don’t go to school? Do you have dreams for the school year? Do you realize God has “a future and a hope for you” that might be the reason for your goals and dreams?

Kathleen, a young brunette told me, “I want to become a speaker. Where do I start?”

I smiled and said, “What are you passionate about? Start there.”

Then we discussed distractions, discouragement and disappointments that can sidetrack us from our goals and dreams. I thought of this Bible passage and said, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.”

One week later, Kathleen called and said, “I’m home sick with a bad cold. This is one of those distractions, disappointments, and discouragements we talked about.”

“Maybe. Maybe not.” I paused to say a quick silent prayer for her and continued, “God can talk to you when you are home resting. He can give you clarity on your goal and dreams, and you can read a book or articles online about speaking.”

“You mean this cold can be a good thing?”

I nodded. “It can be as long as you ‘fix your gaze directly before you.’”

Dear God, help me “fix [my] gaze directly before [me]” no matter what happens. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to “let your eyes look straight ahead”?

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
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