A Refresher.

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Anything that refreshes you without distracting or diminishing or destroying your final goal is a legitimate pleasure. | R. Zacharias

For all the times we’ve asked, ‘Is this good?’
For all the talks we’ve had on priorities…

The picture becomes clearer when you identify the object of your focus; everything else blurs into the background.

First, we identify our goal.
That is, to know His goal for us, the general calling, and what it looks like in our specific situations.

Then we will come to know what are the pleasures that we can fully enjoy, and which were temporary distractions to filter out as needed.

Were we made to live with such certainty and purpose?

(Lord, may Your work be done in us and through us.
Let Your will be done: Let focus what is Yours, let fade what is not.
And teach us to accept this by faith. Amen.)

And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love. | Ephesians 4: 11-16

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