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I fell today on the stairs in my house. Unfortunately, that's not really an unusual occurrence. I have had several falls before and I guess they'll continue. Today's seemed different to me.

 

I was carry a load of sheets downstairs in one hand and a partially filled cup of coffee in the other. One of the sheets dropped out of my grasp and tangled around my foot. With the cup of coffee in one hand and the laundry in the other, I didn't have a chance . . . I missed a step, hit my back on the corner of the wall, and landed on the slate tile below. It hurt. My husband has become amazingly calm with my falls.

 

You're probably wondering why in the wold I'm sharing the details. It's not because I'm looking for sympathy, but rather because I couldn't help think today about how much my fall is like the Christian life. I was doing the things I needed to do today, but lost my focus. It was only for a second, but that's all it took. And the baggage I carried––in this case the laundry and the coffee––prevented me from stopping what was an inevitable fall.

 

It's so easy to look out for the big things that can take our eyes off God––those ethical and moral failures that are so big that it's easy to think, "But I'd never fail like that!" It's not as easy to look out for the little things that can creep into our lives––like pride or anger.

 

I'm battered and a little bruised tonight. I've spent much of the day in my bed taking pain killers to help ease the pain. All because I lost my focus for just a second. Tonight, I pray that God will help me keep my spiritual focus on Him. It only takes a second to lose focus on Him.

 

Margie Williamson

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Comment by Margie Williamson on February 17, 2011 at 1:04pm
Glad you've gotten involved, especially in the forums! We need your voice.
Comment by Linda Camp Wooster on February 17, 2011 at 10:04am
Thanks you for encouraging us to get our passion on the right thing.  I've seen people passionate about their church and their church's activities, as well as many things of this world, but it is difficult to find those who are passionate about knowing Jesus!
Comment by Margie Williamson on February 14, 2011 at 7:08pm
Thanks, Wanda. I am better. Just a little bruised, but much more conscious of "the little things"!
Comment by Wanda Day on February 13, 2011 at 9:51pm
Wow, I love your analogy.  Actually, you explained where I was a few months ago. I don't know when it exactly happened but I lost my focus. I heard the Father say my heart was far from Him and I began to say when did that happened.  I began to make a list of all the wrong I haven't done  and forgot to look for the little things that could have crept in and did.   Loosing focus made me examine myself and caused me to repent.  Hope you are feeling better.

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