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Have you ever wondered why a pigeon walks so funny? According to an interesting article in the Detroit Free Press, a pigeon walks the way it does so it can’t see where it’s going. Because it can’t adjust its focus as it moves, the pigeon actually has to bring its head to a complete stop between steps in order to refocus. This is the way it walks: head forward, stop; head back, stop.

In our spiritual walk with the Lord, we have the same problem as the pigeon. We have a hard time seeing while we’re moving. We also need to stop between steps–to refocus on where we are in relation to the Word and dependence upon the Spirit of God. That’s not to say we have to stop and pray and meditate about every little decision in life. But certainly, our walk with the Lord needs to have built into it a pattern of "stops," which enables us to see more clearly before moving on.

(From Michael-Gibney, Stopping to Focus, 8/9/2002,

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