Okay, we’re two weeks into the New Year, so how are those resolutions going? Are they starting to feel like a new normal in your daily routine? The key to creating a new normal in our lifestyle is to keep focused on our goal. Philippians 3:15, The Message paraphrase says, “Let’s keep focused…those of us who want everything that God has for us.”
It’s human nature to get distracted. We’re like gyroscopes at times, spinning around at a frantic pace but not getting anywhere. Without a clear purpose we tend to keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, etc., hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in our heart. We think, “This time it will be different,” but it doesn’t solve our real problem—lack of focus.
We learn to become effective when we decide to become selective. The power of focus can be seen in light. With a magnifying glass the rays of the sun can set paper on fire. But when light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel. Nothing is a powerful as a focused life. The people who make the greatest difference in life are the most focused. For instance, the apostle Paul said, “I am bringing all my energies to bear of this one thing” Philippians 3:13, The Living Bible. Paul’s obsession was to make the love of Christ known to everyone everywhere. So, if you want your life to have an impact, focus it. Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Turn away from even good activities and do only what matters most. Never confuse activity from productivity.
Poet William Matthews wrote, “One well cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth a hundred shallow faculties. The first law of success in this day when so many things are clamoring for our attention is concentration—to bend our energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.” So, does focus come easily or naturally? You bet it doesn’t. It is a discipline that must be practiced very day. Happy focusing as you keep on shaping your New Year!