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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

By Bob Noebel
Guest Writer

CBN.com -- We are very busy people. Whether at work or at play, our minds are moving even faster than our bodies. Most of us like to stay busy, but there is so much to do and not enough time to do it. Time management can help us prioritize, but somehow we still go to sleep wishing we had the time or energy to do a few more things on our “to do” list.

"Out of sight, out of mind" nudges us to take care of those things that are right in front of us at the expense of leaving those things that are not as obvious to do at a later date. For a man, that usually means taking care of the outside of the house first, what other’s can see, and not worrying so much about the inside, which few people can see.

Spiritually we do the same thing. We go to church and help with various functions because that’s what others see. What about the inside? Are we spending time in the Word and praying to be closer to the One we go to church to worship? Are we trying to be more like Jesus -- who should be at the heart of every church function -- whether we evangelize or build up the body of Christ?

The Pharisees were more concerned about their outward appearance to man than they were about their personal relationship to God. Jesus denounced their attempts to make themselves look good in giving, prayer, and fasting. He told His disciples to pray, give, and fast in secret, and then the Father would reward them openly. Being seen and praised by others cannot hold a candle to what God has in store for those who serve and love Him with sincere hearts.

We are never out of God’s sight or off His mind. Psalm 33:18 says,

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.

II Chronicles 16:9 says,

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Job 36:7 says,

He does not take His eyes off the righteous. He enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

Thank you, Lord, that even though I get temporarily distracted by the hectic pace of this life, You are never too busy for me. And He’s never too busy for you.

You can let me know if this encouraged you by e-mailing me at dvtd2hm1@aol.com.

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