"Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and give to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21b)
Trick questions, logic and focus - how do they go together? We know trick questions - "have you stopped _______?" - fill in the blank. There may be no way to answer it - if you say "yes," does it mean you actually were before? If you say "no" does it mean you still are? Then there is the logic behind the question -- especially in the "giving to the emperor (government)". Taxes were a "given" then and are now -- it doesn't change.
What about the "focus" -- as in Fixing our eyes On Christ Uniting for Strength -- on the goal? Have you thought about a goal that much? When have you worked on keeping the goal "in focus"? Jesus is reminding all of us that God IS the goal -- "give to God the things that are God's." With all the distractions, going on around us, it is easy to get our eyes "off" the goal - to loose our "focus," especially as Caregivers. We can become so busy we forget to "Fix our eyes On Christ."
We give, or pay, our taxes but how are we at "giving" to God? Are we following where God is leading about taking care of ourselves? Are we taking the time to BE with God, to strengthen our relationship with God - to "give to God the things (time being one of the gifts?) that are God's?
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