One Thing…

Having a ‘one-track’ mind is what I’m aiming for in 2016, aren’t you? According to Urban Dictionary, a one-track mind reflects ‘a mind obsessed with one thing.’ The difference between individuals is what that ‘one’ thing is. Some will be obsessed with…

1) fitness; 2) finances; 3) family; 4) future; 5) food; 6) friendships; to alliterate a few subjects with the letter ‘f.’

You make time for the things you love, don’t you? If that ‘one thing’ is a priority, you’ll build it into a habit which will embed itself into your routine.

My uncle Forde often quoted the following poem.  I’m not sure if he learned it at school, or just tucked it away in his collection of wise sayings which were always on the tip of his tongue.

“Sow a thought, reap an action.  Sow an action, reap a habit.  Sow a habit, reap a character.  Sow a character, reap a destiny.”

My ‘one-track’ goal for 2016 comes from a leader who was focused, and communicated that focus to a group of Christians he wrote in the first century.  Consider what Paul wrote to the Philippian church (Philippians 3:12-14). The book of Philippians was confused with the Filipines recently in Steve Harvey’s blunder which gained him infamy at the recent televised pageant.  But I digress…

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But ONE THING I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

In chapter three of this book filled with joy, despite any circumstances, Paul takes inventory. He has urged the Christians to  be alert to the danger of false teachers who advocate religious rituals that appear holy but actually concentrate their efforts on self-righteousness. He lists his own spiritual pedigree in which he could have found great pride. Yet he has come to a clear assessment of who Jesus Christ is and who he is in comparison. His main focus is to ‘gain Christ’ and ‘be found in  Him’ covered in a faith-in-Christ-righteousness which comes only from God. He wants to more fully know Christ and everything he can about his Lord and Saviour who has made a genuine relationship with God possible.

Then he writes the paragraph I cited above. He hasn’t achieved this goal, but he remains undeterred.  He is declaring his renewed passion for this one thing.

In a season of the year when inventories are taken and often ‘New Years’ resolutions are made, would you consider joining me in this holy pursuit? Set your focus on discovering God’s purpose for your life.  Pour your energy in 2016 into ventures which will foster godliness, and reference your choice of activities by what strengthens the priorities God has called you to in each aspect of your life.  It will mean change.  It will mean sacrifice.  It will mean accountability.  But if we follow this track, we’ll be obeying Christ’s command when he said, “But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness….” 2016 will conclude with the words of a well known hymn – “To GOD be the glory, great things HE has done….”

Consider the example of Johann S. Bach, the well known composer.  In an article at we read the following – ‘When he was finally satisfied, he wrote the letters SDG at the bottom of the page – Soli Deo Gloria – For the Glory of God Alone. He hoped that when the music was played, it would point toward God.’ May each day of 2016 be marked S D G, this one thing which should capture our energy.

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