focus: “pay particular attention to.”
There are many definitions to focus, which for all my hipster friends who take photos on the reg – you know this. But the one God has laid on my heart in the last few days is this one – alongside this very important question:
Where is my focus?
It’s a good question for the new year – and an even better question for a 26 year old who is in the prime of her life. There is a passion, an angst inside of me not to hurry up life – but to focus in the season I’m in. I want to prepare properly, so that when the plan God has for my life gets to the next stop – I’m properly armored, strengthened, and equipped for the task(s) at hand. Sound familiar to you? I sure hope so, because this is G O O D.
As I was praying today, I realized the other definition (the one i’m not covering, remember) says, “adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.“ Well, isn’t that funny. Because when something is in your current season, there should be no need to adjust your focus – should there? (Don’t worry – those Holy Spirit chill bumps already came over me – so join the conviction-to-redemption club.) Understand? When we are striving for the next season – we are spending most of our time trying to adjust our focus or by squinting trying to figure out what might come – when in fact, we are missing the purpose for the season at hand.
The fact is, God is the originator of focusing…(shocking, I know)
“Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, he has us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love. to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:3-6 (Between there somewhere because its the MSG)
Though he had a plan, and a purpose for the future of the world – he knew from the beginning that His focus was us. He knew that 5 days before he created Adam – he would create the world. But in the 5 days prior to Adam – the focus was always us.
In this season of life, when so many things are pulling for our attention – focus is so hard, right? Whether you’re in a season of multiple jobs, obligations, kids, husbands or wives (only one I hope, or multiple other things – there will always be one more thing to do, one more person to have coffee with, and one more social media network to update. We have to understand that though many things may be in our path pulling at us (some of God and some we really need to submit to God and ask His take on whether this or that is needed in this season) – there are certain things that are meant to be our main focus.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33
God didn’t say “don’t plan for tomorrow,” but He did say don’t worry about it. And wouldn’t you think that trying to force something into your focal point of this season would be a form of worry? Well, for me it is.
So as you continue on throughout your week, your month, and 2015 – continue to ask God to show you what HIS focus is for you in this season – and then seek that and watch as what He has promised as a plan for your life naturally begins to come into focus.