I’m not a skier, but I’ve read about “tree skiing” lately. I understand that some skiers love the risk of skiing virgin powder lying in a stand of aspen or spruce trees. The key, of course, is not hitting the trees! The article went on to describe the challenge: “Even more so than in deep snow or steep inclines or waves of snow, what you focus your eyes on becomes critical while tree-skiing. Look at the spaces between the trees–not the trees. Focus on the exits where you hope to be traveling. Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”

Hebrews 12:2 exhorts us “Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the author of faith.” I think this is also¬†pretty much what Paul meant when he gave us Philippians 4:8…. You better focus your thoughts on where you want to go. Don’t feed your mind with “trash thoughts”¬† because that’s where you will go.

Lord, help me keep my thoughts focused on you today.