Resiliency Rule 07 - Attitude, Effort, and Focus

Colossians 3:2
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

As I have coached athletes through the years it has been very apparent that we as coaches, players, parents, fans and families can only control 3 things in life. Our attitude. Believing the best in others. Our effort. Giving our all for a purpose greater than ourselves. Our focus. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).  Keeping our eyes clear of distractions (2 Timothy 2:4 - No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him) and full of love for others. It reminds me of a quote from one of the greatest leaders of all time Martin Luther King Jr.

“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music ... Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

And I pray that today, no matter what challenges you face, you will lean on the strength of God and ask for His help to have a great attitude, effort and focus.

Family Devotional Questions
Are your eyes fixed on Jesus?

Are taking any matter into your own hands and not equipping yourself with God's mighty power?

Do you stop communicating with Him because you believe you have gotten over the hard part of your life and feel entitled to coast?

What can you do to remain focused on Him?

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You that we don’t have to fear the future, but can find joy in the present. Lord, help me to lay down fears, worries, and anxieties at Your feet because You care for me. Help me to have a great attitude, effort and focus, and to pray continually, and give You thanks each day. Amen.

 

Jon Goodman