Where is Our Focus?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Our eyes are the windows to our soul. What we see determines how we view the world. But there is a difference between what we see and how we process that information. Ten people could be in the same place at the same time, looking at the same object. But each of the ten likely interprets that data in radically different ways.

Our visual perception is greatly affected by our unique experiences. For example, Michele and I will watch a baseball game together. While she is focused on the fans in the background, the teams’ uniforms, or the field itself, I am more likely to turn my attention to the pitcher’s throwing motion, the hitter’s power statistics, or why the runner on first base is not trying to steal second. Do you see the difference? By the way, this is not a knock on Michele – simply stated, she is not the biggest baseball fan in the world.

Where is your focus today? We each come to the church building Sunday morning with a certain amount of baggage. No one is immune to this. The problems we face each week are real, and I would never diminish the gravity of them. The key is our focus. I heard someone say once, “When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.”

Is it really that simple? Probably not. But hopefully you see his point.

We are so blessed to have Christ in our lives. It is when we set our sights on how he can walk us through our challenges rather than how we can figure things out on our own that we begin to experience true peace. Every struggle we endure will come to an end. Eventually. It might take a long time, but if we can visualize the end result, doesn’t that make the journey a bit easier?

Remember – and don’t ever take this for granted – our final destination is heaven. When we’re there, the worries of this life won’t matter anymore.

In His Name,

Matt

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