What Does It Mean To Focus?

Song Of The Week

Highs and Lows by Hillsong Young & Free

Mood: Running through the woods on an early misty morning 

Tastes: Light and cool

We view our lives through our focal lenses. The filter on which is composite – made up of our beliefs.

For those math nerds (like me), I know how great it feels when you’re in the zone doing a math problem. You know what I mean. Being completely submerged in the world of math, embraced by the algorithms and theorems, entranced by the beauty of the strings of numbers that help us make sense of the world around us. And because of our emphasis on numbers, we rationalize the everyday with mathematics (pun intended).

For those who are more literary: life is dramatic. Life is loud and comical, or quiet and solemn. We can go from loving the rain to hating that it’s too wet in under 3 and a half seconds. We try to find meaning in every little thing that happens. We romanticize every interaction we have with someone we have the slightest interest in, or adore every word that comes out of the people that inspire us. Our emotions lead us.

Our beliefs affect the condition of your lenses. A misguided moral compass leads you astray with foggy lenses. A tragedy from the past leaves your lenses spiderwebbed. Even your disposition changes the hues of your lenses – maybe yours is a little bluer than the next guy’s.

So why is it so important to know what we focus on? What’s wrong with being rational or being emotional?

Let’s take a look at ourselves in the face of troubles. That’s because in the face of adversities, some try to use logic, while others navigate with their emotions. But the truth is, none of these work in finding a permanent solution. Have you ever tried to do this? How did it go? I for one found it completely useless to mull over my situation or to sit in my room and cry myself to sleep every night.

But there’s another way that’s better. A way that will guarantee you’ll get better. In the midst of my sorrows, I forced myself out of my house and into the House of God, and I worshipped the Lord in spite of my pains. And God heard and delivered me from one situation in the time to come. I say one situation because there’s always going to be another valley to get through on the horizon, and if you’re not equipped with the right tools of faith, then you’re screwed.

Sometimes (if not most times), adversities you face are bigger than you; you feel all alone with no one to turn to because no one can help you.

However, there is an almighty God who is bigger than all our troubles.

“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.”

Psalm 33:13-15

He considers you in all that you do; He thinks about your best interests, always.

(He will deliver you, but God most certainly, 99% of the time, will not deliver you in the way you expect him to.)

That said, what does it really mean to focus on God? Does it mean to only and always listen to worship music? Or that the bible is the only book you can read? Or is it to conjure up a fuzzy image of a man in a white robe with long hair and a bushy beard standing in the desert under the hot sun stretching is hand out to you?

The answer is: all of the above and none at all. Focusing on God ranges from a cheerful hallelujah! to a solemn why have you forsaken me father?.

Focusing on God isn’t going to be easy all the time, therefore it doesn’t matter if we feel like worshiping God or reading His word, so long as you’re heart is upright and pointed towards heaven, God sees your intention and is willing to walk with you through the “valley of the shadow of death”.

Simply thinking about God, pondering about His love and His characteristics, welcomes Him into your midsts. The presence of the Lord creates an atmosphere of grace.

Ahh… the phrase the presence of the Lord creates an atmosphere of grace sounds sweet. But let me warn you of this:

God is different from what we think and how we feel. Sometimes He makes sense, sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes you feel him, sometimes you don’t.

Regardless, He’s always right there with you.

God bless you and have a meaningful week!

– Tobias

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