Clearly a Blurred Focus
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. — Proverbs 3:5–6
After I completed seven marathons, I decided to focus on running shorter distances and lowering my times. I trained hard using a diverse plan and felt ready to get out and test my improved half-marathon run time. However, I became so focused on the run time that I ignored my overall strategy and failed to run in such a way as to prevent injury. I knew the how and what of the race, but my focus became blurred because I was fixing my eyes on the wrong goal. I did not improve my time much and aggravated an old injury in the process. God taught me a valuable lesson.
The same can happen in our attempts to follow Christ. We may seek to live faithfully and obediently, and to share our faith with others, but there are times when we lose track of what we have learned and practiced and we come up short. We often put our convictions on a shelf because we are afraid of what others will think of us, or because our beliefs stand in the way of some worldly thing we want. That’s why we need to stay focused on the ultimate goal, which is life in God’s kingdom.
We learn this eternal truth from the world of competition. I lost focus during my half-marathon because I looked solely to myself. The same goes for our faith life. We cannot make it on our own. We need to keep Jesus in focus every moment and allow God’s Word to lead us down wise and eternally prosperous paths.
1. When do you find your focus blurring?
2. What is it that causes your blurring?
3. What can you do to help maintain a clear vision and focus?
Extra Reading: Proverbs 3:5–8; 1 Corinthians 15: 57–58; Hebrews 12:1–2
Lord, I ask that You grant me the vision to realize when my focus is not where it should be. I want my focus to be on You as my foundation for everything I do. It is only by Your strength that I can continue to maintain my focus. Amen.