Focus

Where the eyes are focused the feet will follow…

I’ve heard that saying, and every time I hear it there is a new truth I find for myself.  Most recently I heard it on my drive back home after a fun, exhausting and emotional weekend with my family and extended family in Wisconsin.  I was in the car starting my 300 mile drive that is the kick-off to 4 days on my own back in Chicago.  I needed that reminder, because yes the next few days will be challenging and emotional, and I needed to keep my eyes fixed on where I’m going and need to go.  My eyes can’t be focused on the past, and they can’t be focused on those things that distract me from where I want to go.  Forward, with my wife and daughters.  Forward in Christ.  Forward in relationships.

My recovery has a lot of important safe-guards, things that can help inform me if I’m acting in a healthy way or if I’m not in a good place.  For example, if I’m online without a real purpose but just kind of killing time that’s a warning to me that I’ve lost my focus.  At that point, I need to re-calibrate and get myself back on track and make sure my eyes are leading me where my feet should go.

It starts off innocently enough, it’s happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to those around me, but then the fall comes.  The process of picking up the pieces comes after that, and understanding where things went wrong is a part of that and many times it’s a result of losing focus.  Like Paul, I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out (Rom 7:18). Yes life is busy, and our demands are numerous and pull us in all kinds of different directions but our actions are largely dependent on what drives and motivates us.  Where is our focus?

Romans 8: 5-6  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.8.5-6″Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.8.5-6

If I choose a life with God at the center, I am choosing love.  I am choosing connection.  I am choosing a life that is closer to the balance that He wants for us.  A life that puts Him first, and allows me to love my neighbor.  A life with a purpose that I may not see in the moment, but doesn’t mean that God’s purpose isn’t being fulfilled through me.  Not a perfect life, God has never promised us a life free from trials, but a life made perfect with Him and through Him.

If I lose my focus, I’m choosing myself.  I’m choosing isolation.  I’m choosing to elevate myself to a position of prominence, I’m making myself God.  I won’t choose to love others, in fact I won’t be fully capable of loving others.  I have to pray daily that my own selfish ambitions can be replaced by His will, because it’s not something that comes naturally to me.  So if that’s where you are, I get it.  There’s no condemnation, there is a whole lot of compassion though tinged with a lot of understanding.

I pray that our actions this week can be driven by where our eyes are focused.  I pray that we can choose love and relationships, motivated by living a relationship with God, with ourselves and with others.

Grace and peace
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