The first chapter of the book of James gives us a lot of practical teaching.  I like to think that it tells me where to focus my attention and my energy.

Focus on the outcome when you are immersed in trial – patience yielding maturity. (verses 2 – 4)

Focus on the wisdom God gives. (verse 5)

Focus on faith that is grounded firmly in the grace of Christ. (verses 6 – 8)

Focus on growing deep roots that tap into the Water of Life. (verses 9 – 11)

Focus on the long haul.  Yielding to a short-term temptation won’t carry us forward in our journey to follow Christ. (verses 12 – 16)

Focus on what the Father gives – good and perfect gifts. (verse 17 – 18)

Focus on listening rather than reacting. (verses 19 – 20)

Focus on purity and obedience to God. (verse 21)

Focus on doing what God says. (verses 22 – 25)

Focus on being who God wants you to be in every area of your life. (verses 26 – 27)

Read it for yourself and see what you think!  James 1

James 1:5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.  The Message


Be my focus today, for when You are the center of my vision the rest of my life makes sense.

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