Pausing to Focus

Like good stewards of the manifold of grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God, whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 4: 10-11

One of my most favorite things to do is to sit on my back porch.  I love to sit at the picnic table, simply be still, and get lost in my thoughts.   At the right time of year I can sit there and watch the hummingbirds darting about the back yard, coming and going from the hummingbird feeder.  Mostly they do well to share the feeder, each taking a position around the feeder, but all too often there is an individual that is a bit selfish with the food I freely share with them and chases the others away.

As I think of my bird friends, it dawns on me hummingbirds, yes, hummingbirds, may have something to teach us about ourselves.  For we are, more often than not, buzzing about trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.  I suspect that we do so mostly concerned about “feeding” ourselves and not so much about our making room for our neighbors.  I wonder if our hectic lives cause us to run around in circles, sometimes aimlessly, sometimes overly focused on our own needs, sometimes forgetting about how, as Christians, Christ is the central focus in our lives.

Hummingbirds also do something else while they fly about.  They stop once in a while and hover…they pause to focus on their surroundings.  I suspect we might pause and do the same thing as we participate within our Christian community.  We can pause and reflect about how our Christian faith is being developed and nurtured even as we continue to live our hectic lives.  As we bustle about our lives, we can ponder how our faith is reflected in our words and our actions.

Friends, I believe that being focused in Christ allows us to be open to the works of the Holy Spirit who continues to enable us personally and corporately to be the people God has created us to be.  A people who are generous and loving….and by the power of the Holy Spirit we will continue to share the gifts God so freely shares with us.  All in Christ’s name.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve