A lack of FOCUS impaired my ability to capture memories and see clearly.
I remember when I bought my first camera. It was a Canon Powershot SD7960, and I was so excited. Learning how to use the focus option was key to getting good shots.
I looked forward to capturing pictures of my kids so we could look back years later and reflect. When I first used my new toy, many of the moments I captured were blurry. I didn’t know how to use autofocus. Once I read the manual, my photos changed.
A camera can capture everything through the lens, but the intended target becomes apparent only when the focus is correct.
Focus on what’s ahead and let your eyes look directly forward.~Proverbs 4:25 NASB
Focus is necessary for every aspect of our lives. We can accomplish some amazing feats with it, but without it, we can miss great opportunities. Webster defines it as “fixing on a central point or that which is considered the central point of attention.” It improves the clarity of the things we envision, helps us identify what is essential, and improves our decision-making.
Focus is instrumental in our Christian walk also because it allows us to hone our direction. Proverbs 4:25 gives us the blueprint to reach our goals: fix our eyes on what is ahead. “Eyes” refer to our entire being. We must fix our whole being on moving forward. We must commit our ways to the Lord to reach our goals.
FOCUS ON THE LORD
Our spiritual walk requires total attention, and that does not always come without a struggle. The best archers report that defining the target and forgetting the arrow will help hit dead center every time. Just like an archer releasing an arrow, the distracting images in our view can draw us away from our Creator. We must fix our eyes on the Lord, not on our situations.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.~Colossians 3:2 NASB
No distractions create a better focus.
- F – Faithful to the Lord in all things
- O – Obedient to the Spirit’s direction
- C – Committed to denying the flesh
- U – Unwavering in our dedication
- S – Sacrificial in our focus
If we strive to have focus, we can accomplish the work Jesus waits for us to do.
Where is your focus? What distractions take you off track?
Lord God, thank You for reminding me of the importance of accessing where I am. Please help me to examine those areas of my life that are not as clear. Give me the strength to surrender those areas to Your leadership. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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