Drifting or Focused?

Drifting without aim or purpose is the first cause of failure.

— Napoleon Hill —

In Napoleon Hill’s book “Outwitting the Devil,” Hill writes about a lengthy conversation he had with the devil almost eighty years ago.

To some, this “conversation” may seem bizarre but to me, I believe it happened as I could not contest any of the points the devil makes in his conversation with Hill.

I most likely “get” this conversation because I have a little history of running with the devil. 😉

In its conversation with Hill the devil makes it very clear that his favorite people to work with and through are the drifters…those who simply drift through life and have no clear purpose.

They go to bed with little anticipation of the prospects for tomorrow and they arise the next morning and unconsciously get sucked into the world and the world’s doings.

With COVID-19 and the civil unrest going on in our country, it would be very easy to begin drifting.

The drifter most likely thinks, “Why worry about having a purpose when the news and my ‘friends’ on social media are all telling me the world is burning?”

Whereas the person whose rudder is Jesus is staying focused on making a positive difference in the world because he or she knows there is only One who has the ability to burn the world OR put the fire out.

How do we avoid drifting?

We avoid drifting by having an intentional daily walk with God which includes…

  • Talking with Him
  • Listening to Him
  • Witnessing for Him
  • Trusting in Him

and NOT…

  • Spending excessive time “drifting” through the contents provided by the devil’s favorite tools–our Smartphones, computers, and TV’s.

2020 is a year that will either sharpen your focus and strengthen your walk with Him or increase your drift and draw you unknowingly closer to the ways of evil.

It’s a choice.

Do you get my drift? 🙂

Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”

Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your ways, Oh Lord that I may live according to your truth. Grant me purity of heart that I may honor you.”

Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”



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