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WHAT GAINS OUR ATTENTION WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES
It was just a simple black-and-white picture on the mantle over the fireplace. My purpose in being there was to have Sunday lunch after our church service, along with some good fellowship. Life was good, and after almost ten years of being a traveling evangelist, I was excited about the future of gospel work. I was on a spring tour through the churches of the Northwest; along with me was my traveling companion, who played the guitar, and we sang together. I was going to get married someday. I knew that but not today, and I was too busy keeping up with what God had me involved in and just the joy of living and building relationships. Then the picture happened. While waiting for dinner that Sunday afternoon, I wandered into the front room, looking around. This black and white picture of a teenage girl was sitting on the mantle over the fireplace. That picture gained my attention. Whoa, who is this? I said. Clutching the picture to my chest, I danced into the kitchen, declaring I was going to marry this girl. After getting the laughs I was looking for, we had dinner, and I returned to my room to prepare for the night service. But that picture wouldn't leave my mind. I said to the Lord, if this is not the one for me, I never want to meet her. Two days later, I met her. 5 1/2 months later, I married her. Three children and seven grandchildren, and 54 years I'm still married to her. Need I say it again? What gains are attention will change our lives. It's no wonder the Scriptures tell us to seek the kingdom of God first. Make it your priority when you make a Life decision. Let everything you look at be filtered through your understanding of God's purpose for you. Don't allow anything to gain your attention but that which pleases the father. Keep your eyes on him, and you will hit your target.
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