This is a re-post from November 2010. I’m going to try to start this series again… and actually keep going with it this time!
In just a few weeks, I am turning 37. Don’t ask me why this one is hitting me so hard… it’s not like this is a milestone birthday or anything. Maybe it’s because this pregnancy is quite a bit tougher physically than the first 2 were. Just reminds me that life is moving fast beneath me. So, the time has come for ME to refocus on what is important in life. To make some changes and to stop focusing on the temporary. Out of that brainstorm comes RE:FOCUS, a time on Mondays to really stop and think about where your heart and mind should be spending most of its energy… And THIS is the FIRST post, the FIRST Monday. Each Monday you will find some kind of writing here which will hopefully encourage you to draw your focus back to the main thing.
Focus is a hard concept to master. Sitting here at Panera with my “cappuccino in a mug”… don’t ask me why it tastes better to me just because I get them to put my drink in that special fat, round mug. Maybe it reminds me of when I worked at the Master’s Loft (good memories). Maybe it’s the same reason as why Coke just tastes better when you drink it from one of those little 10-ounce glass bottles… See how easy it is to lose focus (especially for me and my ADD self)? I was just starting a thought, and then my brain rambled on to why I like my cappuccino in a mug. Anyway…
One of my favorite expressions is “clear the mechanism.” I love baseball and I love movies, so when the two of them meet, it is pretty incredible! In For Love of the Game, Kevin Costner is a pitcher who has the ability and discipline to get to a place where everything around him is completely blocked out. Anytime the voices, people, criticism, noise, or even OUTSIDE thoughts get in the way, he reminds himself to “clear the mechanism.” In this movie, you even see visually how he truly gets to a place of complete tunnel vision.
In our lives, there are so many distractions. Our jobs can be difficult and stressful. Relationships with co-workers, friends, neighbors, family, etc. can be hard. Even “good” things in our lives can distract us from the true main thing… Our spouses & kids can distract us. Housework can distract us. “Church” can even distract us. TV, facebook, internet, sports, music…. Must I go on? Anything tangible in our lives can take the place of the One who should be our true focus. Anything can become an idol.
My challenge to you and to me this week is to “clear the mechanism.” Really take time every day to spend with God. Not out of habit… or guilt… or as a chore. Spend some real time developing the relationship between you and your Creator. God is so good and He wants a relationship with us. Not a relationship that is built from “what we have been taught all of our lives,” but a real, growing, thriving relationship with 2-way communication. And remember, you don’t have to do all of the talking. In your human relationships, if you do all of the talking, do you ever really get to know the other person? Get to know Him. Let Him talk to you. And when those distractions come…. clear the mechanism.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:2-3
Next Monday… Philippians 4:8, part 1
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