Published May 24, 2016

Shelia Shares
"Me — Or Thee?"

Our focus says a lot about our heart. Where we focus and put our emphasis in life indicates what is important to us.

For our business, we use an answering service when we can't be at the office evenings and weekends. Because the operators there aren't really familiar with Gospel music, sometimes the orders they take require a little "interpretation."

Recently someone ordered an accompaniment track of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." The printed order we received said the person ordered "Just To Go For A Walk With Me." I had to chuckle when I read the order.

But do you see the difference in the titles? Do you see the shift in the focus? Who is important – God or me?

The Bible tells us to put no one before God. That includes ourselves. "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" focuses on God. "Help me grow closer to You." "Help me to walk with You, so I can go the right direction and do the right things." God is the center of where I go and what I do.

James 4:7-8 tells us, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

In contrast, the answering service's mistaken title, "Just To Go For A Walk With Me," is, obviously, focused on me. I am doing this. God is welcome to join me. God bless my work. It isn't that I am leaving God out. I am just inviting Him to make better what I decide to do. I am the focus and God is my sidekick. No, that should not be our way of looking at things.

So, what position does God hold in your life? Who makes the decisions in your life? Is God in control of your "GPS?" Whose will is determining your direction?

2 Corinthians 5:7 says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Am I in control of my life until I need someone to get me out of a bad situation? Or do I follow God's direction without regard to what I would choose to do? I need to decide who has authority. God is gracious and waits to be invited to lead. He really does know the direction for me and is a better leader than I will ever be.

I am weak, but Thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Through this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o'er, Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er, To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.*

- Shelia

*Hymn author unknown, P.D.

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