Focusing on the Bigger Picture

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*Photo by Stephen Bowler (SFB579), Creative Commons

Got up this morning and drove my son out to a friend’s house. His Grandma, who normally watches him, is out of town for the next few days. Our drive was mostly quiet. I can tell that he isn’t used to being in the car for a “long” ride (more than 20 minutes). Being a former Californian, I find this amusing. After getting him all settled, I raced off to work.

Walked into work and was immediately greeted by a co-worker standing in my office. “Your filing system leaves a lot to be desired”, I was gruffly told. Well gee, thanks. He then told me that he was in a bad mood. Moments later my boss intercoms me, wants me to find some pricing book. This book could be anywhere and I hadn’t seen it. In an exasperated/pissed off tone, I was told to find the book! Thankfully five years of working here has given me the office-smarts to know where to start such searches. I found the book in moments, in a stack and in an office that it shouldn’t have been in. Crisis averted.

At home, I hold my 3 year old to a higher standard. He has been told that no matter how tired he is, that does not change the fact that he is to be obedient. I also expect him to put away his toys…so that he can find them later. Hint. Hint.

Last night I came across a verse that came to mind this morning:

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Most often it is easy to focus on what is in front of us. Whether that is a bad situation or even mood, we quickly become consumed in the now. Paul, in 2 Corinthians, reminds us to focus on the eternal and not the temporary things. A good reminder that is hard to live.

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