Lift Your Focus

Lift your focus

Have you ever experienced tunnel vision? You get so focused on what you need to do and how you need to do it that you lose sight of why you are doing it in the first place.

When we take on this mindset that we have to be the ones accomplishing whatever it is we are setting out to accomplish, we have a tendency to turn our focus away from God and the end goal and instead focus solely on ourselves and either our subsequent success or failure.

There have been some beautifully stunning storms around where I live. Several have brought along hail and turbulent winds. But what I have noticed with these storms comes absolutely breathtaking skies. One day, it looked as if waves had been painted into the clouds using oil paints. The strokes blend and weave together, creating a sobering complexity of grays and whites and navy blues. But in the midst of these, the sun finds a way to shine through, stretching its beams through the wetness and brushing the earth with warmth and gentleness.

When I look straight ahead, all I see is darkness looming threateningly. But if I raise my focus just slightly, I catch sight of the sun breaking through that darkness.

Psalms says, “I lift my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)

Life is overwhelming and oftentimes burdensome, but God is with you. He is watching over you and protecting you. He is encouraging you and uplifting you. God is with you always.

I get focused on what needs to be done (cleaning the house, exercising, playing with my daughters, writing, spending quality time with my husband). When I do this, it becomes a check list. Just get it done and move on to the next thing. But outside of cleaning the house and exercising, my list of things are not items to be hurried through and checked off from a list. They are moments to be created and cherished. They are opportunities to encounter God in my everyday life in new and inspiring ways. They are the why to my purpose and reasons I do the things I do.

Darkness can overwhelm us, whether in the pile of things that just have to get done or in the weight of responsibility that encompasses us, but if we lift our eyes we will see the sun breaking through the clouds. We will see that God is with us and if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

What area of your life do you need to break free from the tunnel vision and lift your focus?



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