“Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen harmless worlds at once — art, music, social science, games, motoring, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the good hiding the best.” It is easy to find out whether our lives are focused, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day? Dare to have it out with God, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His Glory. Turn your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him.” – Lilias Trotter
Excerpt from the tract “Focused” which inspired the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen Lemmel, 1922
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see.
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus;
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Thro’ death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over Over us sin no more hath dominion,
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well.
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!