A Call to Avoid Detours

As a young boy, I was the proud owner of an attractive scout knife.  The knife had three blades, plus a can opener, a gimlet, a corkscrew, a nail file and a miniature pair of scissors.  The whole thing cost only a dollar, but it was not worth a dime.  The knife was so versatile that it was ineffective.  None of the individual parts worked well enough to stand alone.  Versatility can be a plus, but frequently it results in a lack of depth.

Individuals who excel have a tendency to focus on a few key values and objectives, which enable them to keep a concentration on the top priorities.  I have a sign in my den that reads "Keep off the detours."  So many times in life I have had to yank myself off a detour and back onto the main road.  I have discovered that even good things can rob me of that which is best.

As we wind down this wonderful year, God calls us all to evaluate the talents and skills He has given us.  We need to reevaluate our goals and purpose and pursue them with single-minded continuity avoiding the distractions that would pull us in many directions.

The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. 
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