“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

Several folks from our church are conducting a basketball/missions camp in Western Pennsylvania this week.

On Monday a little girl about 5 showed up. She is as cute as a button and always has a big smile on her face. As she watched the older kids, she decided, she too, wanted to make some of these basketball shots.

She took the ball and, smiling at her sister, threw the ball into the air, completely missing the backboard, rim, and anything else of solid matter. She got the ball again, looked at her brother with a big grin, and launched the ball into space, where it remained until gravity pulled it back to the ground.

I am no basketball expert, but I called her to me and pointed to the front of the rim, I told her watch right there when shooting the ball. And, lo and behold, the next shot hit the rim!

We then fine-tuned our focus point, and we have watched this little girl make shot after shot this week, even beating a few older kids in a game of “HORSE.”

She just needed to focus on the right thing.

This is true in our lives as well. The verse above tells us we are not to look to others for their approval, we are not to look at the things of the world, but we are to focus on Christ, the One who began a work in us and will see it through to the finish.

My prayer for us this week is that we will indeed keep our eyes on the One who died for us, that we might live for Him.

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