Friday, June 6, 2014
"If you are distracted by anyone or anything from joy in Jesus,
the only way to refresh your joy is to
refocus on Jesus!"
Surprised there wasn't another 6.
Regular early Friday morning 9 with my favorite Special Olympics world golf champion; and if you've ever read Henri Nouwen's In the Name of Jesus - yeah, take that as an urging - you'll know why Billy has been a big part of my joy in/from Jesus for the last decade.
Billy scored well.
Mine: 4, 4, 4, 5, 4, 4, 7, 9, 4.
Wasn't that special?
Feeling good after the first 6...hmm..., I walked to the 7th and started swatting gnats from my ears, nose, eyes, and...spirit.
I was distracted from the joy in/from Jesus of golfing with Billy by...bugs; if ya know what I mean in a metaphorical more than literal kinda way.
I couldn't get her/him/them out of my...spirit.
Thinking more about her/him/them than..., the distraction turned ugly and Billy asked after I carded the 9 on the par 5 8th, "What happened? You were playing really well!"
"Well, Billy," I answered, "I've got too much on/in my mind; and I've lost my concentration."
He counseled, "Just think about what you were thinking about before you started playing so badly."
Reminded of how easy it is for the dark side to distract from the bright side with ensuing ugliness, I thought of that old advice from Adamson.
Repelling requires refocusing.
"It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is
the place you will most want to be, and end up being!"
Blessings and Love!