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“I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” – Psalm 101:3 (ESV)

Applying this verse to our lives seems pretty straightforward at first: don’t look at things that are worthless. Fair enough. But for a follow-up thought that requires more consideration, what are the worthless things in our lives that we set before our eyes?  Keep this in mind: our gaze includes more than what is physically in front of our eyes at the very moment. Anything in life that gets my focus, attention, and resources is what I have truly “set before my eyes.” In my mind I can be setting my eyes on a goal, dream, or cause that looks valuable and important to me, but could actually be quite worthless. The verse of scripture above begins with a commitment to focus only on what is truly good, and ends with a commitment to stay faithful to God. In that comparison then, anything that turns our focus away from the things of God is “worthless,” and doesn’t deserve our attention. If I focus on worthless things, how could I really expect my life to become anything of greater value?

This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be talking about pursuing a purpose in life that is the exact opposite of worthless! A precious life should be spent in the pursuit of what is of highest value, and we will only find that treasure when we look to God. Join me this Sunday at 10:30 as we talk more about taking a look at “The Big Picture.”

Grace Received,

Joe Payne