linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “focus”
I remember learning to drive. Everything seemed overwhelming- so many things to think about at one time, so many hazards to watch out for: bends in the road, pedestrians, traffic lights, other cars…
I wasn’t used to being in control of something moving so fast. Actually I didn’t even feel in control. I drove slowly, looking at the road just in front of me, watching the car ahead, clinging to the steering wheel, trying desperately to stay in the right lane.
Then my driving instructor gave me some advice- “Focus as far ahead as possible down the road in the direction you want to go.”
As soon as I attempted this, it began to fall into place. Suddenly I felt I knew where I was going. I would automatically steer in the right direction and I began to build up speed without feeling so afraid.
Where you focus is so important- it determines the direction you go in and how you get there.
In life there are times when it feels overwhelming. There are too many things to think about, too many hazards, too many bends in the road. It’s the same scary feeling of being out of control.
But again the answer is focus: focus as far ahead as possible down the road in the direction you want to go. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
There is a choice about where to focus:
- Do I focus on my weakness or on his strength?
- Do I focus on my sin or on his grace?
- Do I focus on my problems or on his power and presence?
- Do I focus on the uncertainties of life or on the certainty of his faithfulness?
Sometimes it is hard to rise above it all and keep looking ahead, but I know where my focus has to be for me to travel in the right direction.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.” (Helen H. Lemmel)