Too focused?

Do you have the odd issue at work that keeps you awake at night? You will know if you have! I guess we have all had these through our career at some point.

Well God has the best way of dealing with this and it is found in Luke 21. Often life lessons can be found within Spiritual guidance.

Here the Lord relates the Parable of the Fig Tree (verses 29-33) to give instruction regarding His warnings in the previous verses. The “these things” in verse 31 refers to the question asked in verse 7 about the end times and Jesus‘ subsequent answer in verses 8-28. “These things” are the events that will happen as the end nears. In the parable, Jesus provides the perspective we should have as we anticipate the unfolding of the previously described events.

What owner of a fig tree would spend hours each day scrutinizing his tree to see if it was budding? Would he make the fig tree the focal point of his day? Of course, no one would. An owner of a fig tree would be aware of its location, its level of health, and its progression through the annual cycle of growth, but these matters would not require his all-consuming effort.

In the same way we should have a positive interest in the signs leading up to the end times but not let it completely consume us as a single focus as there is also so much to focus on with the here and now as well.

Again in the same way, when we have this “black” problem at work, we should not let it become all consuming and be our only focus. Be aware of it yes, look to influence where we can yes, talk to others about it yes, and share it with the Lord if you are a Christian as he will listen, but also keep a balance on your other work. Its a very healthy attitude to have, after all He even looks after the Sparrow!

Have a good week.

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