Monday, June 11, 2012

Focus On Things Above

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How would you like to be a mom (or woman) who helped change the world? Well it's 100% possible and today I'd like to look at an example of a woman who did just that; Susanna Wesley. 

Susana Wesley is the mother of John and Charles Wesley. Which some of you may already know, were the founders of the Methodist church. As the story goes the boys were in a Christian group at their college and they seemed to be more disciplined than the others in the group. So their peers began to call them "method-ists," a title which the two willingly accepted. See the thing is that Mrs. Wesley, who might I add had 19 children (9 of whom died as infants), diligently trained her children in the way that they should go. 

But the key to being able to train our children (or to help other people's children) is being firmly grounded in the Word of God. In one of her many writings Mrs. Wesley wrote: 
“I will tell you what rule I observed when I was young, and too much addicted to childish diversions. . .never to spend more time in mere recreation in one day than I spent in private religious devotions.”
How much time do you spend doing things that have no eternal value? I know I'm guilty of spending far too much time online and on twitter! But how much better would our lives be if we focused all of that time and energy on the things of the Lord? Who knows how much further our reach would go. I use the example of changing the world as a mother, but we can change the world in so many capacities. We are all called to be light to this dark world. So what are you willing to do to draw closer to the Lord? 

Pray and ask the Lord to show you what things in your life are keeping you from Him. If you find that your days are too busy to spend time reading His Word then you are too busy and need to re-prioritize! Scripture tells us, in Matthew 6:19-21, that where our treasures are that is also where our heart is. 
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
We all make time for the things we deem most important. But what is more important than God?
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."  
-Colossians 3:2


  1. Tewauna, What a wonderful reminder to focus our eyes on Christ! Thank you! I've been thinking of this in my study in Philippians these last couple of weeks. HE is our everything, and our eyes need to be on HIM.
    Many blessings,

  2. This feels like a Titus 2 post! I just posted that I was deleting facebook for this mere reason! So glad you wrote this! :)


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