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Are we lost in wonder?

Are we lost in wonder?

Mike Rhoades | Sep 4, 2015

Nearly 35 years ago, before the information age exploded onto our planet, Herbert Simon, a renowned social scientist, made an incredible observation. Simon wrote, “What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” Put another way, unchecked, our desire for more steals away our ability to focus. We become so enamored with more that we lose our footing and forget what we were striving for in the first place. As our attention shrinks it is replaced by a deep, irrepressible compulsion for wanderlust. We serve a great God! A great big God with the power to speak stars into existence and the nuance to be intentional with each of us. We are loved deeply, personally, jealously, by God! When he created this planet His massively creative mind imagined into existence such diversity and beauty. Everyday we have the opportunity to experience Him in new and fresh ways through His creation. Our challenge is to avoid getting lost in our own wonder. Some get lost in His creation. Some get lost in defining Him. Some get lost in defining how we serve Him. Whatever the reason, we must avoid the danger of being distracted from the central focus of who we are, why we even exist. Consider this, our God handcrafted a complex solar system filled with stars, planets, oceans, mountains and you. In the end, in spite of this massive burst of creativity, God returned his attention intently on you. We exist to reflect the glory of the overwhelming, wonderful God on this planet. The more things we choose to focus on the less attention we have to give. Have you become enchanted by other things, limiting your ability to focus on God? Do you have the attention span to see how God custom created your life to uniquely reflect His glory? I pray we can shake free the wanderlust that consumes our souls and find focused purpose by shifting our attention to Christ. [subscribe2] photo credit: lemoncakewardrobe

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