FOCUS!

This past Monday night I watched as the two top college football teams in the nation came head-to-head in a battle that was so exciting it kept me awake, heart pounding up until the last touchdown that was made 12 seconds before the game ended! What did both teams have that kept them in a back and forth battle for the lead? They were focused on the trophy and taking home the Championship!

Two years ago I was watching as Nik Wallenda walked across the Grand Canyon, I was holding my breath and praying and watching through my fingers and prayed harder as he got toward the end of his walk. During the whole walk he was communicating with his dad but as he got close to the end he began to thank the people that had helped him and suddenly he wavered just a hair. The next thing I heard was his dad speaking sharply to him “FOCUS NIK you’re not there yet, FOCUS you can thank everyone later!” I thought it was so human and something that any parent would do seeing their child close but still far enough away from safety that he would have died with a slip of the foot!

There are times when you are talking to someone and you can tell when he or she is no longer focused on you, their attention is totally on the phone in their hand, and yes, family members, if you are reading this that was for you!

In this business of the every day life that we live we are in more than a football game, more than walking a tight rope across a canyon we are trying to live in such a manner that we can be well thought of, successful and when our time comes to exit this hamster wheel of a life to make heaven our home.

All through the Bible we see people that lost their focus and messed their lives up royally and the best example I can think of right now is David, the shepherd, psalmist, giant slayer, harpist to the King, friend to Jonathon, fugitive, King, conqueror, adulterer, murderer, and a man after God’s own heart, quite a list of accomplishments isn’t it? What happened? He had the only thing that he ever really wanted to do taken away from him do you now what that thing was? He wanted to rebuild the Temple, and God refused to let him because he was a “bloody” man. No it wasn’t because of all the wars he started because God was calling all the shots on that, it was the life of the man Uriah whose blood was shed because David coveted his wife that angered God.

I was watching a TV show yesterday and the subject was on food that would make you sexier, more viral, and more desirable to the opposite sex and it seems one of those foods was a soup made from a Tiger’s genital at the cost of $5,200.00 a bowl! Now look, I am just like you and can get my mind as deep in the gutter as anyone but suddenly it just hit me that so many major heartaches and crimes happen because people become focused on their genitals and how best to make them orgasmic. The doctor said that we are “wired” to have multiple partners and that to get married is to make the decision to deprive ourselves of that, to give that desire as a gift to the person we are trying to be monogamous with, I just had to stop and have a good laugh over that one!  No wonder God called adultery a sin, and told us not to covet our neighbor’s anything. To covet is to want what someone else has and to go about trying to take it from them, whether it is their mate, their money or other possessions!

If you have purpose in your life then you need to focus on that, whether it is to run a successful business, be a better parent or spouse, diet and make yourself a more healthy person, write a book or simply make a blog a little more interesting the only way that can happen is for you to NOT LOSE YOUR FOCUS. Keep your mind stayed on the business at hand. Luke 9:62 “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Or in the Message translation “Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”  Philippians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.” As it is written so let it be done!

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