Thursday, June 25, 2009

Focus on Being

Most of us focus on doing instead of being. For example, when we introduce oursleves, we tend to say what our occupations are instead of who we are. An excellent article about this, read on.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.

Matthew 6:28

During a small-group exercise at a seminar, we were asked to introduce ourselves without referring to our occupations. The challenge was to explain who we are instead of telling what we do. It was not easy to focus on being instead of doing.

Dr.William H. Thomas, a geriatric specialist, has pointed out that babies begin life by being. As we approach adulthood, the emphasis shifts to accomplishment. Then, as we grow older our energy wanes, we must refocus on being. “Elderhood beings us full circle”, Thomas says “to a life that favors being over doing. This is a gift of great value.

But the search for being isn”t confined to the sunset years. Jesus said the proper focus is the antidote for anxiety at any age. He told his followers to look at the birds and flowers, which are not defined by what they do, and yet God cares for them.

Oswald Chambers said: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow”…they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon-all of these simply are as well, yet what a ministry and service they render”.

As Christians, our value to God comes not from what we do for Him, but in what we are to Him. Our being-more than our doing-glorifies His name.

Source: Our Daily Bread dated 13 th June 2006

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