How do I keep myself focused and my eyes on Christ when it seems that all day my mind just wants to wander?
Wow! This question is true for all of us. How do we keep our focus on God when life is just zipping by, or when our to-do list is spilling onto three pages, or we simply don’t know how?
I believe once you know your why for this question, then your how we will become a bit more simple.
No matter if we have known God our whole life or are new to a relationship with Jesus, it is an important question.
Why is there value in keeping a focus on Jesus with our day-to-day life?
Is it because your parents said you should? Is it because you have seen fruit from this discipline? Whatever the answer, define it for yourself. Know your why.
Then ask yourself:
- What does scripture say about keeping a God-focus?
- Who in your life is a role model in this area?
- How can you learn from them? What are their tips and tricks?
- If you don’t have an earthly relationship that serves as a model for you, what biblical examples do you value?
In the end this is about discipline—the same kind of discipline an Olympic athlete might pursue.
“Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12:1 (MSG)
For us living in the whirlwind of 2013, we have to find what keeps us focused. Maybe you set scripture reminders to go off once an hour on your phone. Maybe you need to keep a pad of paper beside you during your devotional time so you can jot down any side thoughts that are popping up. Or maybe you post verses that encourage you in places you frequent.
It is admirable that you desire this, and I hope by choosing to focus on the why the how is natural for you.