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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Slipping Out Of Focus - #4393
Now what you focus on in any given situation will determine your attitude and ultimately your response. It's important that you fill up your lens with the right thing, that you ultimately, of course, focus on Jesus, not on the circumstances. But your heart and your mind are a lot like my camera: you can't just focus once and leave it set there and think it will stay there - the picture keeps changing. You have to get back in focus for each new situation.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Seeing What Isn't Working - #4202
Our grandson basically ignored the lights that were working - all he could see were the ones that weren't working. Sadly, there are grownup people who live most of their lives that way - they look right past the things that are working and choose to focus on the things that aren't working. So they're often frustrated, discontent, unhappy, critical. And when we're like that, I guess we become "negatologists" - people who major on the negative.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Good News About Your Roller Coaster - #4267
No matter how scary a roller coaster may be, no matter how radical its dips and twists and turns, there's good news - it's always attached to the track! Of course, you don't even have to enter an amusement park to know what it's like to ride a roller coaster. Most of us can testify that life is a roller coaster - ups and downs and twists and turns that surprise us, rattle us, frighten us, and even make us want to bail out.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Full Speed Ahead in the Wrong Direction - #4298
I hate to say it, but I think I've done that with God sometimes. Probably you have, too. God has some stern words for those of us who tend to be pretty strong-willed, determined-to-get-there kind of people. Being determined, goal-oriented, full of drive can be a great, even God-given, thing. But it's all too easy for us to go darting out of the driveway and proceeding full speed ahead in the wrong direction.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Looking Backwards - #4113
Unfortunately, a lot of people live their lives like the people on that roller coaster - always looking backwards, looking at where they've already been instead of where they're going. And that pretty much guarantees that your life is going to be a roller coaster ride!
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Avoiding A Fall - #4177
Tino Wallenda says that he has found that his grandfather's secret for not falling off the high-wire is also the secret for keeping your balance in life - concentrating on something that never moves. For him, that is Jesus Christ. He's made the right choice.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The "Others" Factor - #4083
It's interesting how responsibility can change the way we live - or how it should change the way we live. Like a certain skiing father I know, you do some things differently when you start thinking about how it could affect people you care about - people you very appropriately feel responsible for. In essence, you start living God's way when you no longer approach life as if it's all about you.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Sending Ammo to the Enemy - #3841
If you are more and more getting life revolving around you, if you're becoming more and more self-seeking, self-promoting, self-centered, the devil has you exactly where he wants you. It's exactly where he was just before he was expelled from heaven. Now, before the fall, "humble yourself under God's mighty hand". It never has been all about you. It's all about Him!
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - When You're Tired of Climbing - #3847
It could be that you're climbing a pretty steep slope right now. It's been a long climb - and as you look ahead, you've still got a long way to go - maybe spiritually, maybe emotionally, maybe in getting through a time of great pain or need - maybe in working through some family problems. And right now you're battling some discouragement, some feelings of giving up, some deep weariness. You're discouraged by how much is left to do - the amount of ground you still have to cover. And it may be bringing you to standstill.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Dead Coyotes And Soaring Hawks - #3908
I guess whether you see soaring hawks or dead coyotes depends on where you're looking. And some of us have this amazing ability to miss most of the beautiful things going on around us and to only see the ugly things. Some folks see mostly what's right with people and with their situation - others just can't help focusing on what's wrong - the dead coyotes. And it really does depend on where you choose to look - up or down. Because if you're walking through your day close to your Lord, there are always goodnesses to see!