Focus determines direction!

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Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Any quality camera has an important feature; a focus function. To take great pictures, focus is essential. When a lens is not properly focused, images become distorted and blurred. Focus gives definition and enables us to appreciate and enjoy what the camera captures. Focus is an interesting thing. I believe it is the force that makes change possible

In life, we all live life through a lens. We see life, people, and God through a certain internal lens called attitude and perspective. The focus of this lens will determine the images we see around us. There are many things that can and will blur the focus of our lives. Judgment, prejudice. anger, resentment, jealousy, fear, hurt, offense, ingratitude, and a lot of other things like these, distort our focus. They give us the wrong images of life, people and God. Unfortunately, when our focus has become blurred by such things, we usually fail to recognize the distortion that has happened in our own soul. We accept this warped view as reality, when it’s actually the projection of our own pain and problems. This sets us up for wrong reactions, bad decisions, and a whole lot of mental and emotional misery

In car Racing, the cars move so fast that the slightest change in course, the slightest turn of the wheel – quickly produces big changes in your position on that track. Surprisingly, where you look can shift your body enough to turn the wheel just enough to send you in that direction. Even if that wasn’t where you intended to go. In other words, your focus determines your direction, so you have to set your gaze on where you want to go not just on anything you see. If you look at the walls around the track, that is where you will end. That is why the holy book takes so much time teaching us to keep our eyes on Christ. Because our focus determines our direction. Remember the story of Peter when he saw Jesus walking on the water in Matthew 14:29? Peter walked on the waves as long as he focused on Jesus. But as soon as Peter looked down at the wind-whipped waves beneath him, that’s precisely where he ended up. Your focus determines your direction.

I Declare: Dear lord, I want to fix my eyes squarely on you today. Help me see you at work in my life and in the forming of my heart. I refuse to be distracted by things that are not my desired destination.

Ignite Thought: You have to look up in order to go up, the focus of your life determines the direction of your life.

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