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  • Writer's pictureJack Selcher

Focusing on Faith

Updated: Mar 9


I admit I exceed the posted speed limits while I’m driving. A friend says one can get away with traveling the posted speed limit plus nine mph. He calls it sign plus nine. I don’t push it quite that much. I go beyond a 25-mph limit by no more than five mph, and seven mph for higher speed limits. My eyes repeatedly dart from the road to the speedometer, so my speed remains within those limits. The speedometer is my reference point. I have no speeding tickets in 58 years of driving. That said, I will probably get one this afternoon! By the way, God’s grace has covered me during many attention lapses over the years.

My father’s expectations were a reference point during my childhood. For example, he didn’t allow singing at the dinner table. I had to wash my hands before I sat at the table, eat at least a little of everything prepared for the meal, and ask to be excused before leaving. He assumed I would attend college and work during the summer to pay for it. He didn’t put up with lying or driving like I was a competitor in the Indianapolis 500. His expectations were my reference point during my growing-up years. That prepared me to make my heavenly Father my ultimate reference point.

You make God your reference point when you fear, love, worship, and live to please Him. He is superlatively worthy! Sitting in a church pew requires way more than an hour-a-week commitment. The greatest commandment is to love Him with all your being; the second is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). He alone can forgive your sins (Matthew 9:6). He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). All things are possible with Him (Mark 10:27). He will judge you (John 5:27). He is the author of your life (Acts 3:15). He alone can appoint you to eternal life (Acts 13:48). He assigns you a task and a place in life (1 Corinthians 3:5, 7:17). All things come from Him through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 8:6). He can make all grace abound to you (2 Corinthians 9:8). All things are created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). Would your best friend agree that God is your reference point? How do your words, attitudes, and actions demonstrate that He is?

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