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I find it intriguing to consider the power of focus. In any given situation, I can choose what I will focus on. The same situation can look and feel totally different depending on how I see it.

This thought came about as I was sitting on my porch after dark one evening, listening to the night sounds. It just kind of hit me that I can always choose where my focus is going to be. Am I going to focus on how things are going (or not going) the way I was hoping they would? Or am I going to focus on what I can be thankful for, on how I can look for God’s handiwork even when things seem to be going wrong? Can I learn to let go of my self-centered desires that everything would go my way and trust in God and His ways? Even though it can feel insanely difficult to focus on trusting in God and His plans that are bigger than mine, that is clearly the better way.

Thinking about this need for a God-centered focus reminds me of the words of the Apostle Paul in the beginning of Romans 12 - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” And I have always thought the next words are incredibly powerful - “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.” For someone like me who tends to worry a lot about making the right choice, it is rather freeing to consider that perhaps rather than spending my energy trying to figure out God’s perfect will, I can simply ask Him to renew my mind. Maybe sometimes changing my focus is all I need to be transformed.

Pray with me…
…. for a God-centered focus to drive every part of BCS
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. Colossians 3:15 MSG

… for God to reveal His vision for the school to the leadership
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 MSG

… for every individual in the BCS community to be transformed by the renewing of our minds
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him… fix your attention on God. Romans 12:2 MSG

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator