To have a successful life we must develop the ability to focus and to focus on the right things.
Jesus said “…it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 They said therefore to Him, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:32-35 (NASB)
Throughout my life and especially the last 40 years plus, my focus has been on God and on my Lord Jesus Christ. No other thought or pursuit has given back to me or put into my life, what I have received in this endeavor.
In life many things come before us, self, family, health, work/finances and a myriad of other issues land on our plate or present themselves as something that can occupy our focus and keep us busy.
Things both good and bad come before us and demand our attention. It is never a problem to pursue good things, but we must never lose our focus as to what is important. God and His Kingdom must be first place in our lives and we must always make room for them daily. Jesus said it far better than I ever could: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
There have been many a time over the years where I have gotten off center, but by the grace of God I have always managed to bring back my focus onto what is important. What is key to a successful life is to find out what is important and to focus and refocus our selves onto that which is most valuable.
There are two men in the scriptures who were very close to Jesus when He was on the earth; one was the Apostle Judas and the other was the Apostle Peter. Both men denied Jesus in different ways, but the end result was the same, they both walked away from Jesus. The difference between the two, was that Peter was able to refocus his life, get back on track and became one of the most prominent Apostle and leader.
Over the course of your life, there will be many things that will pull you away from God. Kick, fight or claw your way back, but make sure you come back. When you are off course, refocus your life back on God. Give yourself to Him fully and completely and never, ever stop pursuing Him.
Then hopefully, one day, you will come to the end of your life, and by the grace of God you will hear these words from Jesus Himself: “Well done, you good and faithful servant!”
Pastor David received the Lord as a young married man in 1976, and, after serving for a number of years in various capacities as a lay leader in his church, he left the business world and entered pastoral ministry in 1994. He was ordained in December of 1995 as an associate pastor of Faith Christian Center in Seekonk, MA where he took over as senior pastor in 2000.
In 2010, Pastor David and his wife Ann began a new church work in North Smithfield, RI, which was known as Impact Church. In 2015 Impact Church merged with Praise Tabernacle of Cranston, RI and became a satellite location of Praise Tabernacle.
Pastor David believes strongly in the power God’s Word has to positively change lives and equip people to make a difference in the world around them.
With his supportive wife of 45 years they have raised 3 children and have 4 grandchildren. They currently reside in Lincoln, RI and are both lifelong RI residents.