Out of Sight and Mind

By: Woody Godbey

The highways are congested, the department stores are crowded, school activities keep us running, yard work is never ending, the hours we spend at the work place, etc. Think about it, we are very busy people. It doesn't matter whether at work or at play, our minds are moving even faster than our bodies. If you are like me you like to stay busy, but there is so much to do and not enough time to do it. Some of us use time management which 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.

The old saying "Out of sight, out of mind" nudges us to take care of those things that are right in front of us while leaving those things that are not as obvious to do at a later time. For most men, that usually means taking care of the outside of the house first, what others can see, and not worrying so much about the inside, which few people can see.

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Most of us are guilty of doing the same thing spiritually. 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?

When you read the gospels you see that 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.

When you're young you worry how others see you and what they think about you. It really doesn't bother me how people see me or what they think of me. I do care about what God sees and thinks of me. You know He has His eyes on us always. That's right, 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.”

2 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.

It's what's on the inside that really matters! God Bless!!