Target Fixation

I’ve only just come across this phrase. It seems t be used mainly about driving. An individual becomes so focused on an object that they inadvertently increase their risk of colliding with it. The person loses sight of the bigger picture. The solution is to force your attention elsewhere.

Is it possible for us to treat sin in this way? All our concentration is focused on avoiding sin and when our minds are thus engaged, we find that sin multiplies. The answer is to stop looking at the sin and failings and to concentrate on God. Helen Howarth Lemmel put it so clearly when she wrote,

‘Turn your eyes on Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.’

Just a Few Days

In just a few days we will once again experience the time when the world was tipped. The days of the first Easter was when life was turned up side down. Things would never be the same again. My life and yours would never be the same again. Jesus payed the ultimate price for our sins. We would not now be judged. Jesus has taken our place.

Because we remember every year it does not lessen the miracle. Jesus is the Son of God; we are just mere mortals. This death has decided our eternity. Oh, that everyone would recognise the true meaning of Easter. It is for anyone who will listen. This truth is for believing Jews, trusting gentiles, every nation of the world and places which are not even a nation.

Shouting the news from the roof-tops will not make people listen; announcing it on the news will not tell people and even when I tell my neighbours they will not care. Prayer is the only answer. It is God’s work, He will do it. My only task is to pray and to speak when the time is right. But we know that by Sunday, hallelujah, Christ is risen.

Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild.

When I used to sing this chorus as a child, I had it pointed out to me that Jesus wasn’t meek, mild and weak. Of course, that is so, He is the creator and Sustainer of the universe, He is strong against sin and is mighty in His condemnation of sinners.

But there is a gentle side to Him. He cuddled the children on His lap, He spoke to various women in their distress. Jesus didn’t force Himself upon people, He often waited until they came to Him. He is tender and forgiving with us when we sin.

I don’t want a God who is only mighty and powerful. I need a God who is meek and mild. I need a God who is love.