Direction Perspective

I know from experience that if I’m on my bike zipping down the street and I suddenly see debris in the road – in order to avoid hitting it I must look away from it. It might seem a bit counter-intuitive but it’s true. If you focus on what you are trying to avoid – you will hit it. If you focus elsewhere you’ll automatically veer away from the danger in the road.

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In fact, www.megarider.com states it this way:

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?Direction Perspective
?The eyes play a major role in the control of a motorcycle. On a motorcycle, where you look is where you go and, to establish your direction perspective, the motorcyclist must use his eyes correctly. The way the rider uses his eyes also plays an important part in anticipating the actions of other vehicles around him and in the messages he sends to other motorists in conflict situations. Target fixation is also part of this. The rider who looks at the roadside furniture s/he is trying to avoid is sure to hit it!
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?Me thinks there is a spiritual application here!

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When we focus on our problems / sin / challenges – we will keep smashing our face into them repeatedly. Complaining. Pornography. Unhealthy introspection. Marital conflict. Stress. Fear. Worry. Gossiping. Addiction. Pride.

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When we instead focus on God – we experience his transforming power. He changes us from the inside-out. Genuine – real – lasting change. We grow spiritually (focus on God) and we end up steering clear of those things that threaten to wreck us.

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It reminds me of the Israelites focusing on Goliath – one gigantic problem (no pun intended). As long as they stared at him – the more freaked out they became and nothing improved – victory was nowhere in sight.
?Young shepherd boy David comes along and promptly buries a rock into Goliath’s forehead. David wasn’t focusing on how big Goliath was. He focused on how big God is. You do that and problems are placed into a proper perspective.

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Beginning this Sunday, June 6 we’re beginning an 8 week teaching series: Cross Training. We’ll be looking at holy habits – practices that can help us connect more deeply with God. Often these are referred to as spiritual disciplines. It’s about focusing our lives on God.

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When we do that, we avoid a lot of problems!

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I hope you’ll be with us for Cross Training. As a supplemental resource we are selling an excellent book by John Ortberg – The Life You’ve Always Wanted. Pick one up and read it! This could be a life-changing summer!

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Peace,
?Dave