Keep Your Eyes on the Source

Keep Your Eyes on the Source

Ever have those times when you wonder if you’re really being of any use in the kingdom? You look at others who are pouring their lives into service and ask, “And what am I doing?” I’ve had a season of doubts like that. Two weeks ago, my husband and I were blessed by a visit from two long-time friends who are missionaries in South Sudan. So good to catch up, look at pictures, and get a deeper understanding of the roles they play in the lives of the people they minister to. Then, this week, I received a newsletter from a woman serving God in Youth with a Mission. I love to read her letters of trips to foreign countries and the opportunities she’s had to shape young minds and share Christ in places where the Gospel has never been heard.

I pray for these friends and thank God for what he is doing in and through them. But . . . there’s that me-centered voice again. What am I doing? I’m not doing enough. I’m not sacrificing. I’m not giving like I should, loving like I should. I don’t have a ministry title or a contract for a book that will change lives or a clear call to leave home and family to serve in a foreign country.

And then I read this in My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers:

Never get your eyes on the obstacle or on the difficulty. The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.

 . . . God has been opening up marvelous truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is an indication of the wider power of the river He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has nourished in you mighty torrents of blessing for others.

And it dawns on me that these “I’m not doing enough” thoughts have become the thing that is keeping me from focusing on the one great sovereign Source. Focusing on Him is not a new truth—just one I need to be reminded of. And when I do that instead of looking at myself and all I am not, I find that the daily things I’m doing this week—like spending time with grandkids so my son and his wife can take an anniversary trip, or critiquing a story synopsis for a friend, or sending a Happy Birthday email—become ways for God to pour out his blessing on others.

What’s distracting you from focusing on the Source this week?

Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.


  1. Wonderful thoughts, Becky, and so true. Even our earnest thoughts to please God can swerve if we focus on us and not him. I’m glad you reminded yourself of all that you were doing so you can just go back to being the light you are, the one God made you to be.

  2. I needed this reminder today. Thank you.

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