Keep Your Eye on the Prize

By Mandy Nevarez

I was mowing my lawn the other day, and I was having a conversation with God, and expressing to him how I wished that someone could help me edge the front yard. For some reason my husband and I have a difficult time keeping a weed-eater working properly. I have already broken two. I was concentrating on my task, and I had to move my cars out of the way so that I could finish up on the side of the house.

As I was moving our truck, I could see my neighbor begin to edge my front lawn. Honestly, there was a moment of disorientation as it occurred to me what he was he doing. I could feel tears sting my eyes, and I choked them back, and began to profusely thank him. I was so humbled by this man’s thoughtfulness, and I knew God was behind it. I had just asked the Lord for that very thing, and here it was being done for me.

Just to brag a little on my neighbor, I am not the only one on our street that he has cared for. I have seen him bless other families in this way as well. I couldn’t help but think of the scripture where Jesus tells his disciples to love your neighbor as yourself. Thank you, neighbor, for the kindness you have shown, and I pray blessings over you and your life. 

This whole experience has really helped me to refocus my attention on what is important. Every one of us can be bogged down by the responsibilities of this life, because there are so many things to take care of. We all have ideas on how things should go, and it can become overwhelming and even chaotic if we do not have the right perspective. My yard is huge, and it is much more than we can handle by ourselves, but in the moments where I turned my attention off my problem, and my burden, and put my eyes on Jesus, he brought someone to help lighten that load.

I am encouraged because first of all there is still kindness in this world, and people who will always serve God’s purpose. Second, I have decided to intentionally place my eyes upon the author of all faith. Hebrews 12:2 states,” Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Paul, the apostle, continues to admonish us. In Philippians 3:14 he says, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Life can be messy, overwhelming and sometimes does not make sense. The cares of this world can threaten our peace and clarity, but Christ wants us to focus on him; he is the prize, and he does send help when we are in need.

I want to encourage you today to put your trust in Jesus, because he truly cares for you. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and savior, he wants to have a relationship with you. He knows the working of your inner-most being. Ask him into your heart today, and to be Lord of your life. God Bless!

Mandy Nevarez is one of the pastors at New Life Assembly of God. Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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