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Week #14 Believe Series Week (6/18 - 6/25)

SINGLE-MINDEDNESS - HOW DO I KEEP MY FOCUS ON JESUS AMIDST DISTRACTIONS?

MATTHEW 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

MaxLucado tells the story of a little girl who earns enough money to buy a pretty faux pearl necklace. One night her daddy comes to tell her good night and asks her, "Do you love me?"

The daugher replies, "Oh, yes, you know I love you!"

"Then give me the pearls," he says.

"Oh, not my pearls, Daddy! You know I love my pearls."

Kissing her good night, he says, "I understand."

Several nights pass, then one evening the dad sees tears filling up his little girls eyes. He asks, "What's wrong?"

Holding our her hand, she opens it and offers her strand of pearls to her dad, explaining, "I love my pearls, Daddy, but I love you more."

The dad accepts the pearls and then reaches into his pocket. He pulls out a beautiful genuine pearl necklace and places it in his daughter's hand.

Your heavenly Father wants you to open hand and let go of the temporal things of your world so he can replace them with genuine eternal things of His kingdom.

KEY IDEA: "I focus on God and His priorities for my life."

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