Harry Houdini was the world’s most famous magician. He escaped underwater death traps, slipped out of strait jackets, and amazed audiences with his disappearing acts. Many people believed Houdini had supernatural powers.
But Houdini never claimed to have magical powers. His extraordinary feats were not the result of hocus pocus, but years of practice and very determined focus.
The great Houdini has been dead for many years. But the idea of achievement through hocus pocus is still alive and well. Many people simply drift through life hoping for some magical moment or a lucky lottery win will that propel them to great success. They exempt themselves from a work ethic of daily focused effort which would have resulted in God’s best for their life.
In the book of acts the apostle Paul thoroughly discredits the use of magic. Instead, he told the Philippians to follow his example of focusing on one thing: wholeheartedly following Jesus Christ. Paul knew that focus, not hocus pocus, was the way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.