Things clamor for our attention. At the best they are distractions, at the worst they are devastations. We are sometimes drawn away by our wants; at other times our worries dominate our thinking.
We are in Beaulaville, NC where the remnants of Hurricane Florence litter the landscape like wind-driven snowdrifts. FEMA trailers sit alongside empty houses as people anxiously anticipate returning to normal life. 165 days have passed since Florence came ashore.
Just like people here must do, you and I must determine where our focus will be. David faced the same dilemma.
Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. (Psalm 26:1-3, ESV)
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 26:6-7, ESV)
- Confess any sin (wash your hands in innocence)
- Thank God (out loud!)
- Tell somebody (all God’s wondrous deeds)