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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Keep Your Focus

By Scott Harrup
Aug. 25, 2013

While living in Sierra Leone as missionary kids, my brothers and I would tune into a Christian radio station broadcasting from neighboring Liberia. We especially enjoyed listening to serialized dramas. C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe kept us glued to our shortwave set for weeks.

Among other selections, a dramatized biography of George Washington Carver stood out for me. That anyone could develop hundreds of vitally useful products from a peanut staggered my imagination. Carver’s deep Christian faith also came through loud and clear in that radio play.

All my life I have been fascinated with science. Carver became one of my early role models for integrating my faith with all other studies.

Scripture gives a vivid biographical sketch of an early science explorer who was also a man of faith.

“[Solomon] spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom” (1 Kings 4:33,34, NIV).

If only the story could have ended there. Solomon lost sight of God as the Source of his wisdom. He turned to foreign idols, and his spiritual rebellion influenced the nation of Israel under his rule. After Solomon’s death, Israel split into two rival kingdoms, each of which continued in idolatry and eventually endured conquest and exile.

In what ways has God guided and blessed your life? Perhaps, like Solomon and Carver, you enjoy great success in your chosen field. Determine today to avoid Solomon’s pitfall. Don’t allow your blessings in life to blind you to the One who gave them to you in the first place.

Like Carver, keep your focus on God. If you choose that path consistently, you will not only promote further blessing in your own life, you will be a godly influence on the generations that come ?after you.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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