Focus on What Counts

Be careful what you wish far.  What you wish for may look good.  May look great.  But, it can be dangerous.   We need to always examine ourselves for what it is that we desire, and just what we are willing to do to get that.

Listen to what Jesus says today in Luke 9:23-25

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

relationshipJesus tells us this – what is it worth to have the entire world, to have everything you could want, everything you could dream of, if you lose your soul.  If you lose yourself.  What is that worth?

Is there anything on the earth that you can think of that would be worth having, if it would cost soul?  It may be tempting to say, sure yes, this thing.  Sure that’d be great.

And then you gain it.  You can gain it all.  Wealth, power, status, fame, everything.  But if you lose yourself.  If lose your faith, your family, your relationships, your friends, your life, what is that thing worth?


Life is not made up of the stuff that we think we desire.  Life is made up of those relationships.  With God.  With others.  And yes, even with ourselves.  These relationships, they define us. They give us life. They give us purpose.  They really define for us what it means to live.

Don’t loose that today. Focus on what counts.  Focus on what matters. Focus on what is truly life.  Not “the world” not the things that you think you could desire to make you happen.

Not thing things of this world.

Relationships.  With God.  With others. That’s what counts.  That’s living. That’s purpose.  That’s what it’s all about.

Today, and each day, focus on what counts.  Don’t gain the world but lose your soul.  Because if you were to do that, you really aren’t even living.

Today, let’s live.  Let’s focus on what counts.

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