We always had good dogs at home. Our neighbourhood also had tough, ugly stray dogs roaming the streets. Walking back from school was tricky until I learnt the principle of ignoring what doesn’t add value to my life. One evening as I walked back home, I was surrounded by four hauling dogs that viciously barked at me. I couldn’t outran them nor could I avoid them. I decided to hold my ground, ignore them and keep walking. That was a sweet victory. From then on I learnt that the things that don’t add value to my life which can’t be avoided must be ignored.
The world will throw all sorts of things at you, some you must ignore like a professional actor. Spending your time and energy on such things would be futile. You must simply ignore them. The things you ignore eventually lose their grip and power over you. The things you focus on are the ones that you amplify. The ones you ignore die a natural death. Joyfully choose to ignore certain things that don’t add value to your life. Strategically focus on those things that enrich and empower you. Even when they are obvious, ignore what sets you back and focus your time and resource on what adds value to your life. Focusing on your sorrows will cause you to water them. Ignoring them will starve them to death. Ignore your doubts and worries. Focus on and water your joy and faith.
SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 5:35-43
While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Amazing God, I thank you for the grace that is enough for me to face every situation, Today I declare that I will ignore any bad report and focus my eyes on you the Lord of my victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.