God’s Word for Today: Focus
2Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Focus, yeah that’s an easy one. It would be nice to be like a camera that has auto focus. But, I find myself at times more like that young child who would rather bounce off the walls than focus on a task. Is the world today that much busier and more complex than say, 50 years ago? Is the ability to focus becoming a lost art? Let’s take a look.
Mentioned earlier, cameras with autofocus are pretty amazing. You can zoom in or out and with the slightest delay, your subject comes into focus. It is almost a rare scene to see someone with the old school 35mm cameras with an assortment lens that require a turn of the wrist to focus. I still have my Pentax ME Super with 3 or 4 different lens, gathering dust somewhere. Now, my IPhone is good enough.
So, how about our focus on life. Do we have a tendency to also be “hands off” with it? Do we expect someone else, or probably something else to do the focusing for us? Or is life as a blur the norm, and we are acceptable of our fate.
This Easter holiday period, or Holy Week, or to some, just a Spring Break, gives us an opportunity to focus on the greatest gift ever given to mankind. God decided it was time to send His son Jesus down to this earth to save our sorry souls. It was a gift that required suffering and death of one man for all. It is not only a story that should be read and focused on once a year, but a gift that you are allowed to open and receive on a daily basis.
Two times a year, we get a reminder to focus on God. Christmas and Easter are placed on the calendar to let us know what days most will get a break from work and maybe, just maybe take a moment to focus on God’s love. We will not get into whether this is your preferred practice, or if it is the only time you attend church, or who has the best and most correct celebration and application of what God did for us. Don’t worry about how long you have been out of focus. Do not hinder yourself with how many times you have lost focus.
Instead, we will simply focus. We will take a minute and thank God for His gift. We will set our daily life to the side for a moment or two, and focus on everything that is good about God’s love for you and me. We will pause from guilt, shame, denial, anger, racism, politics, self-gratification, greed, absorption, and any number of things that remove our focus on God. God knows we will lose focus. God knows our lives are a struggle and a challenge. God provided an out. God provided a way for us to focus on living for and loving our fellow man without hindrance.
Today, is a good day. Some celebrate the Last Supper. The depiction of, in paintings, to this day will take my breath away. Focus on His word today. Take a moment and read some scripture. Try 1Corinthians 11:23-26 on for size. There is also today’s Scripture which focuses on the Truth. Or, find your favorite Scriptures. Focus on the truth of what God has done for you. Shut off the world when you have a chance, and focus on your Creator. God proved His love for us. Now it is your turn to focus on your love, for Him, in return………..
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for everything this Easter week has laid at my feet. Forgive me for letting this world distract me almost on a daily basis. Help me to focus on exactly what your Love and Sacrifice means for me. In Jesus’, who stayed focused on His mission so the rest of us could join Him in Heaven, name I pray. Amen and amen.