Today I’m 51 years old!!! What is that?!?! Really? After a medical scare the beginning of the year I began to seriously focus on the path my life had taken. My personal learning journey began and sometimes I think that we live life not quite focused. Kind of like when you need glasses, there is that moment where you didn’t even know the words were out of focus and then you experience true clarity with just a pair of glasses. I have spent moments focusing on the wrong things rather than the lesson opportunities in the event/challenge. I’d focus on everything that was going wrong instead of what is going right. The negative thoughts would take hold and the dream died. It occurred to me that sometimes its in the negative obstacle we gain a clarity that could not have been experienced any other way.
This reminds me of the story of Peter walking on the water, this story found in Matthew 14:22-33:
When Peter saw Jesus, he cried out, “Lord, if that is you bid me to come out with you.” And Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water towards Jesus. He was doing it! But as the wind blew, the rain beat down and the waves crashed all around him, he began to take his eyes off of Jesus. As soon as he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the storm, he began to sink. Then he cried out, “Lord, save me!” And the Lord reached out and saved him.
Peter stepped out of the boat and that took courage. He walked on water toward Jesus and that took faith. He was doing fine and that took perseverance. However, when he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the stormy sea, Peter began to sink. Isn’t is the way it happens? We start off with a dream, we head toward making it happen, we are doing fine, then an obstacle/storm comes. We begin to focus on what is going wrong and begin to sink: depression, anger, disappointment, fear, and drown in the sea of negative emotion(s). Losing focus and the dream in the process.
- What are you focusing on?
- What would you be focusing on or spending time on if you weren’t managing or worrying about this problem?
- To help you get closer to your desired state what do you need to: Start doing? Stop doing? Do more of? Do less of?
Colossians 3:1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Get your focus back! Stop focusing on the winds adversity, the one who rains on your parade and the gusting wind pushing you away from your dreams. Focus on all that God has already done for you or what He has already equipped you with. He has seen you through all sorts of stormy times. He will see you through this one, too! Don’t focus on the storm: Focus on him and his promises to you.
Keeping It Simple and Straightforward