Have You Lost Focus?
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV)
I constantly tell my 9 year old to FOCUS. He's a smart boy, but sometimes his head is so far into his dreams that he can't see reality. I have a tendency to try and recognize traits in my children that I possess and 'head in the clouds' is definitely one of them. Sometimes I focus so intently on the ultimate goal that I lose sight of all the little things that are necessary to accomplish it. On the flip side of this fault, some people focus so much on the little things that they can't even begin to comprehend the ultimate goal. Neither of these traits are really wrong, they are simply unbalanced and ineffective.
I would almost guarantee that no matter who you are, you have more iron's in the fire than you can count. I can't really say there's anything wrong with that, but if you go to bed each night frustrated with what you were unable to accomplish, focus might be just what you need.
Just an example of what focus can accomplish, let's examine the concept of light. Light by itself illuminates, which is a wonderful thing BUT light focused can cut steel. In each person there are lights within that we label as gifts. Most people have many different gifts, little lights that illuminate the air around them in various ways. When all the lights are on at the same time, the true power is diminished and eventually, some if not all of these lights burn out.
Jesus was the most focused person that ever walked the earth. He had the wisdom of all the things that needed to be accomplished and yet he rushed nothing. How in the world did he not wake up every morning and say how am I going to do all that needs to be done today? He did it by focusing on the only thing that could accomplish what He alone could not, His Father, Our Father, God Almighty. Almost 2000 years later the impact that Jesus made still resounds across the nations. He was rejected, ridiculed, beaten and crucified and yet with His dying breath, his focus was still on God. That focused Light of the World will continue to cut steel long after we are gone.
I pray that each of you evaluate all that you are doing and come to the core of what it is you want to accomplish. Analyze your gifts, refine them and dedicate them to the Glory of God. The Lord has a specific purpose for your life and you are perfect for the position He has created for you. Unless you truly focus on His Will, the world may lose the light you were intended to give.
May God bless you as you discover the Light within.
Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it. (NIV)
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