Several years ago, we did an every-Monday blog series called RE:FOCUS that only lasted for about 5 weeks. I must have gotten sidetracked with something else, regrettably. So guess what? It’s time to start up again. As I grow older, I’m realizing more and more that going to church and having a regular quiet time are not the ONLY things that we need to be conscious of doing. Important, yes. But there is more. Life hits hard on Monday morning. When we hit the pavement, it’s essential that we have our focus correctly centered on Christ… and that we keep it there.
Focus is a hard concept to master. 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. Check out the short scene:
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
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