Tag: Focus

The Manger And The Inn

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

It’s 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. The inn is filled with people, and probably noise, maybe even some celebrations. It would seem the center of activity, the place to be, where the action was, the focal point. Outside, away from the inn, was a poor Jewish couple, homeless, living in an animal feeding station. Nobody noticed them, nobody cared. They couldn’t have seemed less important. And yet, two thousand years later, no one puts up scenes of the inn on their lawn, no one cares about it, but lawns and displays and greeting cards and much more are filled with depictions of that poor Jewish couple and their baby in the feeding station.

You see, the world, the media, the culture focuses on things which look important, and focuses away from the things and people of God, which seem obscure and unimportant. But in the end, all the world focuses on will be forgotten. So spend your life, not in the inn of this world, but in the manger of His presence. For that which is born in the quiet obscurity of His presence, will be celebrated forever.

Today’s Mission – Spend today getting away from the crowd, the rush, the noise, the race, and go to the manger, to your private place in God’s presence. Delight in your treasure.

by Jonathan Cahn

Life awaits us!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

There are two kinds of birds that roam the desert: vultures and hummingbirds. The vulture thrives on a diet of rotting meat. He flies overhead searching for traces of leftover carcasses from slow-footed critters eaten by wild animals who’ve already had their fill.

Hummingbirds, on the other hand, will sweep through the desert, passing over all those repulsive, dead animals and seek colorful patches of beautiful wild desert flowers. They will suckle the delicious juices of those sweet desert blossoms and be satisfied.

While vultures look to the dead for their survival, the hummingbird seeks the living! Likewise, some of us unconsciously look to our past with its regrets, failures, and sins to keep us alive. We think that somehow by looking back to those dead things, we might find some motivation to keep surviving here and now. But let’s take a lesson from the hummingbird.

Let’s sweep past that which is dead and focus on the sweet new life — the exciting future that God holds for us as we continue seeking Him and moving forward in our relationship with Him!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten