Saturday, August 27, 2011

Paying Attention

When I was young I knew my mother and father paid attention to me, they listened to me, they scolded me, they disciplined me, they loved me. As I entered my teen years, I sooooooo wanted them to pay MUCH less attention to what I was doing.

I watch people walking through parking lots, sitting at restaurant tables, standing in line talking on cell phones. They are not giving their family members their attention but 9 out of 10 times say something similar to: I am spending time with my daughter today, we are eating lunch at our favorite restaurant, yet they do not end the conversation and give their daughter attention.

How like that we can be on our walk with God. He answers prayers, He blesses us, we see Him or hear Him in numerous ways through out the day, but we may be distracted, busy or on auto-pilot and miss Him.

How often He must want to say: Pay Attention, I love you, I want to bless you, I want to protect you...We have to be still and know He is well as abide and rest in Him.

Jesus, said,"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."


Cheryl Barker said...

It's so easy to get distracted when we're spending time with the Lord -- at least it is for me, especially when something out of the ordinary is going on. It takes a conscious effort to really pay attention, doesn't it -- whether with our friends and family or with the Lord.

About Nancy said...

Great reminder for all of us. Very thought provoking.

Anna Marie Sheffield said...

Thanks for these words of wisdom!!
Love you!

Toyin O. said...

Amen, we need Jesus to bear fruits, thnaks for sharing.