According to Dictionary.com focus is, “a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity”, “to concentrate”, or “to direct one’s attention or efforts”.
It describes a mindset of determination and zeal. Passion and purpose. It’s shown through one’s actions and conversation. In their presence and energy. When true it flows through every piece of one’s life.
It’s powerful. It’s important. It’s telling.
Now, I imagine you as a reader are like, “So, if focus does all of this, why are you writing this blog about it?”
Guided focus brings forth fruit. Misguided focus brings forth death.
If you’re not careful focusing on the wrong thing can cause you to waste energy, forget your purpose, & waste your time.
Now, I’m not saying this to come at anyone’s hobby or career. I don’t want to knock down their drive and dreams. In the words of Paul, “I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” (1 Corinthians 7:35, NLT)
I myself have struggled with this. With all of these posts & photos. Articles & videos. Apps and programs it’s hard not to.
Everyday I see various posts from old classmates & current acquaintances. Old crushes and previous enemies. Friends & family. As a result, I have to command my soul DAILY to not focus on others journeys because it causes me to forget my own.
If you keep paying attention to everyone else’s crops you’ll neglect your own harvest.
It comes down to your mind being on the right things at the right time.
There’s nothing wrong with allowing someone to influence you or being happy for them, but don’t allow it to turn into idolization or envy.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to pursue your dreams, but make sure your dreams and God’s divine destiny for you match up.
At the end of the day, we all must make sure that our focus & the Father’s will are in sync. That’s the only way things can correctly fall into place.