I am notorious for being unfocused.
When I was 15, I wrecked my mom’s van because I wasn’t focused on the road, and hit a telephone pole.
I’ve gotten a few speeding tickets because I wasn’t paying attention to the speed limit, in addition to not looking for cops that were around me.
Sometimes I tune out and lose focus when people are talking to me, and I try my best to fake it that I’m listening. If I’ve done that to you, I’m so sorry. I’m working on it.
But, on a graver note, I lose my focus on Jesus because of the things that are in my life, like people, possessions, opportunities, or random activities.
But it doesn’t just stop there. It isn’t like I realize that my focus has shifted, then realign it immediately. I realize that I’ve lost my focus on Jesus, but still go about my way and try to rectify the problem while continuing in the distraction.
It would probably be smarter to play with a furious rattlesnake while holding my hand over an open flame and feed meat to a shark. Yeah, not smart at all.
By no means have I mastered this whole focus thing and/or arrived at the place where I don’t struggle with focusing. But part of solving the problem is admitting that there IS a problem.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in this focus game is this: eliminate the distractions that keep your focus off of Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says this:
[L]et us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely. Why? So we can run the race that is set before us. How do we run this race? We look to Jesus.
What has caused you to lose focus recently?