Our Full Attention

Our Full Attention

July 10

Read: PSALM 86:11-13

I love to fly-fish. The work of ministry is never finished, and it can be hard to still one’s mind and truly relax. Fly fishing, with its singular focus on getting the cast correct and landing the fly at exactly the right spot on the water, demands complete concentration. There is no space for your mind to be other than right there, present in the moment. The result for me is a sense of restoration in mind and soul. But when my mind wanders, there is seldom a sense of re-creation and I catch no fish.

David—warrior, king, and musician—asked the Lord to grant him an undivided heart. His hope was that his loyalty would not be pulled in different directions. David wanted to walk exclusively in the Lord’s way as it was revealed to him. No distractions, no wandering, no lack of focus.

Merciful God, hear my confession: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above” (Robert Robinson, 1735-1790, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Covenant Hymnal, #68). AMEN.

About the Author

Paul Lessard serves the ECC as executive minister of Start and Strengthen Churches. Over his years of ministry, he has been a worship pastor, senior pastor, and non-profit consultant. He also has 17 years serving in teaching, administrative, and executive roles for Covenant Bible College and Colorado Christian College.

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