Stay Focused (2)


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Do not swerve to the right or the left.
Proverbs 4:27


Focus does three things for you:


1) It keeps you on target. We find ourselves pulled in a dozen different directions, spending much of our time and energy on things we don't really care about. Author Don Marquis put it this way: 'Ours is a world where people don't know what they want, and are willing to go through hell to get it.' The Bible says: 'Let your eyes look straight ahead...Do not swerve to the right or the left' (Proverbs 4:25-27 NIV).


2) It increases your energy. Attempting everything, like attempting nothing, will suck the life out of you. Focus gives you energy. Admiral Richard Byrd, the Polar explorer, said, 'Few men come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.' One of the reasons those wells go untapped is lack of focus. The mind doesn't reach toward achievement until it has clear objectives.


3) It lifts you. It's been said that 'the world stands aside to let anyone pass, who knows where he or she is going.' In a sea of mediocrity, just knowing what you want to do and making an effort to pursue it, distinguishes you from almost everybody else. Henry David Thoreau asked, 'Do you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object, and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated?' Just by striving to become better than you are, you become elevated even if you don't accomplish what you desire, and even if others don't step aside for you. By trusting God and aiming higher, you move to a higher level.


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Comments

Tamela's Place said…
Very good post and so true. When my husband stepped out on faith to start our own business. I told him that even if the business didn't prosper i would still be so proud of him because at least he had a FOCUS and he was willing to step out and look to God. That took a lot of courage on his part for our family and i was just very proud of him for going for it! By the way God has blest the business! Praise the Lord! Great Post!
dot said…
Good post Mike! It seems the older I get the less time I have and trying to do too many things I forget what I'm doing. Hope that makes sense. lol
GrandmaK said…
"Just by striving to become better than you are, you become elevated even if you don't accomplish what you desire, and even if others don't step aside for you. By trusting God and aiming higher, you move to a higher level." I like this...I want to reach that higher level! Thanks! Cathy
For The People said…
Excellent post. Very True.
Barbara said…
Just been catching up with you Mike.
I wonder if you heard Todd giving his testimony last night. Brilliant.
Andrea said…
Great post. It feels like I am going in too many directions at the same time. We overload ourselves with too many responsibilities. That is why I fussed when the goats came into our life. We do not have time to take care of goats with all the other responsibilities we have. Yes, I am still furious about the goats.
zakscloset said…
that is such a great post! very inspiring and uplifting. i really should work on my focusing skills...
SuzyQ said…
Just the striving in itself is of value and worth. I love that!
Great series of posts!
The Broken Man said…
Ahh, focus....after 7 years of moving towards the priesthood, it's good to be reminded to keep focussed. Thanks,

The Broken Man