There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat.
He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out
hunting and kill some wild game for dinner.
As he went down the road, he saw a
rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it.The rabbit ran away.
Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it.
The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree.
As he went further, he saw a large wild "Tom" turkey in the tree, but he had
only one bullet remaining.
A voice spoke to him and said, "Pray first, aim high and stay focused."
However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill.
He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake
between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further
to shoot the rattlesnake.
Still, the voice said again to him, "I said 'Pray, Aim high and Stay focused."
So, the man decided to listen to God's voice.
He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey.
The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer.
The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head and killed it.
And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond.
When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer
and a turkey to eat for his family.
The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.
Gist of this is:
Pray first before you do anything, Aim and shoot high in your goals,
and stay focused on God.
Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that. "the past."
Live every day one day at a time and remember that only God knows our future and that He will not put you through any more than you can bear.
Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the doors that only He has
prepared in advance for you in your favour.
Wait, be still and patient: keep God first and everything else will follow.
I know God has been trying to tell me something and I have just not got it in my head. I have been getting this message a lot. "Stay focused on God". I have come across scriptures every day during my bible devotion, bible study and reading my bible that have all pertained to focusing on God. Yet I still have asked for prayers and although I try to hand it over to God I just don't know how to do that and still keep it from lurking around in my head.
I recently have handed over to the Lord two problems where the decisions are to be made by two different people. I don't know how long they are going to take (too long for me already). I hate that! I like to control things and it has been hard for me to not worry about something that someone else is controlling. Yet I know that God is in control of it all. Still I am concerned that what if the decisions aren't good for me? What if God is wanting me to go through something I just don't want to go through? Is that awful of me? Especially after what Jesus went through to save me? It just seems so selfish for me to feel this way.
Staying focused on God is hard for me sometimes. During those times, when I realize that I'm not focusing on him, I pray. During those times I find myself worrying or stressing I realize it's because I am not focusing on him. I have never really worried or stressed too much about anything. I have always said and felt that if I can fix it - I'll fix it and if I can't - then I can't. I would just let go, give it to God and be on my way and it wouldn't bother me again at all. I don't know what has changed to make me not have that attitude anymore. I do know though that I am going to do my best to get it back and give it to God and be on my way!
Have a blessed day!