Focus: means, pay attention
I believe you agree with me, for us to flourish in anything in our lives, we need to totally focus on it. To give it our total attention. To give it our best.
Sometimes we set goals, something that we may want to achieve by a certain period of time. Or rather a routine that we may want to include in our day to day lives.
We tend to start up so focused to the goal/ routine so motivated to do and achieve whatever it is. Until we start experiencing the storms of life, or the storms/challenges/setback related to that particular goal or routine.
And truth be told how we choose to respond to that storm/challenge/setback is what will determine our end result at the end of it all.
Some of us, focus so much on the storm and the setback, in the process we give the setback too much power over us. We allow the storm/setback define us.
We tend to forget of what is really important at that particular moment. Meaning we forget the bigger picture which is the reason why we started walking in that journey in the first place. We forget the goal.
I am not saying we are not supposed to feel sad and bad, I’m not saying we are not allowed to feel disappointed or exhausted. We are human, and I will be lying if I told you not to feel whatever you are feeling.
Then what do I mean? I mean that after feeling whatever you feel you rise up again and keep walking, crawl if you need to but don’t let the storm cause you to quit.
That’s how champions/heroes come about, no matter what they face, they still choose to go past their circumstances. When they fail they pick up the lessons and rise again.
What do I mean? I mean don’t give the storm too much power over you. By giving it alot of attention.
I will take you on the book of Mathew 14, the story of Jesus and Peter.
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:28-31 NLT
Most of the time, i am like Peter, I focus on Jesus or the goal and everything keeps going well. Until the storm comes, and instead of focusing more on the goal and trusting Jesus more I shift my mind from Jesus and I start paying my attention to the storm.
And once my mind is diverted from the one who holds me together (Jesus) or the thing that keeps me going (goal). Then I tend to drown, make mistakes by enforcing my will. And as humans; it’s in our nature to quit when we shift our mind from what is really important.
Just like King Saul in 1samuel 13.
but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord ’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord ’s command.”
1 Samuel 13:11-14 NLT
God gave Saul an instruction through Samuel, but when the storm was approaching (Israelites were being defeated) Saul shifted his attention from God and his promises over Israel , he started focusing on the storm ahead, that’s where his downfall began. Because through shifting his focus from what was really important he decided to enforce his own will(doing what he thought was right at the moment) when all he was required to do was to trust God and his promises and obey his instructions.
- Whatever we do/ whatever we go through, we need to put our focus on Jesus Christ, the one who chose us and made us his own, the one who promise never to leave us nor fail us.
- After Jesus keep your mind on your goal, whether it’s family, ministry or business. Remember to partner with Jesus; its the only way that you will be able to run the goals of your lifes courageously and with prosperity. Because when you partner with Jesus it only means you are operating under his will. And truth be told,there is nothing safe like being in alignment with his will.
What happens when we focus of the storm instead of our Goals
- We walk in disobedience of God’s will and instructions.
- We drown through the concequences of our disobedience. Just like Peter. Saul too; his rule was cut short.
The storms will always be there, but even in the storms we are required to set out eyes on the ultimate price.
It’s my prayer that God will help us to focus on him, in all times and seasons of our life’s. Amen!