Two years ago I wrote a post about my broken breadmaker. I called it Sometimes you throw it out, sometimes you fix it. Unknown-1

It had the most views of all the posts I have made so I decided to go back to it and do some editing on it. I had written about how my breadmaker let me down and I carried it to the garage. Then I reflected on the relationship I had had with my breadmaker. I transitioned in to how I treat my human relationships the same as I do my material possessions especially the toxic ones. I am embarrassed to admit that I do that – as if people are disposable. I am also proud to confess that I am more aware of my actions and have grown in that area.

After spending hours of how to rewrite that post, I realize that I do not believe you can compare human relationships to a kitchen appliance. I can not redo that post or add anything to that. My life has a new focus.

UnknownI still don’t like getting hurt but I am aware that when I feel injured by others actions that it comes from a place of emptiness for them. I believe that everyone has a story and that their story makes our world a better place. Unfortunately, some of the best stories are created out of pain. Where a person has their focus is the place that directs the path of pain. If the focus is on Jesus, He can create miracles in the pain. If the focus is on the pain itself, everyone is miserable.

Out of my pain over the past few years, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world. I used to believe that people can never change. I thought there was nothing I could do if they wanted to be miserable.  I now believe that if a person refocuses their vision anything is possible. I, also, believe I can play a part in helping them refocus through being a vessel of God’s love.

A few years ago wearing the  WWJD bracelet was popular. What would Jesus do? Those four words can redirect my focus almost instantaneously.

I am beginning to recognize my flawed beliefs. It is not my place to change people. The Holy Spirit will do that.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ASV)Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.

It is my place to focus on Jesus and to allow His life to flow through me to others.

UnknownWhen I am not wearing my corrective lenses and I  start cleaning the house, I am bound to do surface cleaning. Later when I put my contacts in, I see clearly how I have missed certain spaces in each room.

In the same way I need to keep my focus on Jesus so that I can see clearly through the lens of His love.

I have walked this journey with Jesus long enough to know that if I keep my eyes on Him, He will lead me to the areas of my life that need cleaning. And He will place the right people into my life that will make that happen. Some of them will be pleasant to be with and others will be a challenge. I heard recently that nothing changes in the comfort zone. I want to allow God to be in control and guide me on the way. Even if it is uncomfortable. As I journey on the path of  life, I want to have the courage to have renewed focus and see every situation through the lens of God’s love.

Psalm 119:105 (MSG) By your words I can see where I’m going;they throw a beam of light on my dark path.

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