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Frank Lloyd Wright on Paying Attention

The renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of an incident that perhaps seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The winter he was nine-years-old, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him and pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow flight. He then pointed out young Frank's tracks, which meandered all over the field. "Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again," his uncle said. "And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that."

Years later, Wright liked to tell how this experience greatly contributed to his philosophy of life. "I determined right then," he said with a twinkle in his eye, "not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had."

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Sabbath, Rest, Relaxation, Busyness—We all need times in our lives when we can intentionally wander, rest, and live without the pressure of goals and a to-do list. (2) Prayer, Paying Attention to God—We need times when we can just be with God, without worrying about our speed or efficiency.

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