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Focus on the end point, not the beginning


Several years ago, I attended a drawing class with a few of my friends. The first thing I remember us learning was drawing a vase, by looking at the object, finding our starting point on the paper, and continuing to draw without looking at the paper again until we felt we were through.

What an experience. Everyone’s drawing looked different. Some bore a resemblance to the object and others were not close. As we continued to try this exercise, of course, it got better. Years later, when I took a painting class, I learned that the best way to draw or paint a straight line is to mark a starting point as well as the ending point. Then you start to draw or paint while looking at the ending point, always looking ahead and not looking back. Both exercises took practice; we practiced over and over.

I guess life is like that, too. If we are to move forward, we must keep our eyes on what we’re hoping to achieve; we can’t keep looking back. Living that way would probably graph like a lightning bolt. And most likely the consequences would feel like being struck by lightning; at least, it could be an eye-opening experience.

We might think we need to keep starting over, trying the same thing until we get it right. In the Bible, Paul didn’t say, “Keep dropping back and restarting the race ...” He said, “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal.” Sounds like a straight line, doesn’t it? Like Paul, we can learn that keeping our eyes on Christ will make our paths straight. This, too, takes practice.

We want to invite you to visit with us at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning. We have two services, one at 8:10 a.m. and one at 10:45 a.m. July is going to be a fun-filled and busy month. Our Vacation Bible School is July 15-19 from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This is family-oriented, with something for all age groups nursery through adults. A free meal is served from 4:45-5:45 p.m., so you don’t have to go home from work, feed the family, then come back. This is always a great week; we all learn something and have lots of fun at the same time. Our theme this year is “Amazing Wonders.” We hope you’ll plan to share the fun.

Visit our website, www.fbc-people.com, for more information about our scheduled activities and special events, or call the church office at 830-253-1239 and someone will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have about us.

Have a great week and give God the glory!

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