Let Me Be Frank… 6-20-18

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

I was a new driver trying to impress a girl.  She was actually first chair in the French horn section and had just moved to the area.  I had the keys to the family Thunderbird, I checked my hair, and I was ready to put my best foot forward.  “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” and all that…
It’s important for me to tell you that I wasn’t a very good driver.  In fact, my wife may tell you that this fact still holds true.  I think it’s because I get distracted easily, but I’m getting a little ahead of myself.
We rounded the corner a block from my house and I saw someone I knew.  I don’t why I’m pretty sure that it was Ruth Chavez, but I’m pretty sure it was.  She was a coach/teacher and a student favorite.  This was the perfect time for me to impress.
I waved really big as I rounded the turn.  But I never straightened the wheel.  You guessed it; I finished that turn running into a tree.  Panic set in and the realization that, while I had made an impression, this was not what I had in mind.  I still shake my head every time I think about it.
“What grabs your attention affects your direction.”
Pastor Matt gave this quote at our opening session…  such a powerful statement in seven words.  I was so focused on waving to Coach Chavez that I failed to look straight ahead.  Seems like such an easy task, look straight ahead, but it’s the hardest thing for me to do.
On this road called life what grabs your attention?  Is itsuccess?  Is it the promise of more money?  Is it stuff?  Is it getting married?  Is it having a career?
None of the things I listed are inherently bad.  But when they take our eyes off Jesus, our primary focus, their status is elevated.  All our decisions begin to be influenced by what grabs our attention.  What started out as an innocent hand wave ended in several thousand dollars of damage.  And it could have been prevented. 
Let this be our prayer today. 
Lord, We fix your gaze on you.  Help us to not be distracted.  We know You are for us in every way imaginable and you see the end from the beginning.  Help us to have the patience and faith to know that You are the giver of good things and that You order our steps.
In Jesus’ name! Amen.
When we focus on Jesus, our lives become clearer. 
Can’t wait to see you Sunday (oh, and everyone is having a blast at JH camp!  The kids are ok, mom) :0)
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!