Distraction. Jumping from one thing to another. Restless. Unfocused.
Do any of these sound familiar? I sometimes have moments where my focus jumps around. Especially if what I am doing is boring or I’m not fully committed to it.
This past week my wife and I were training our daughter to ride her bike. I was beside her and my wife was walking behind. I noticed that whenever we came to a change in the path (ie: the road), my daughter would freak out. While riding, she would constantly be looking down at the pedals or front wheel. If you ride a bike, you know this can be dangerous.
After a few rides like this, my wife decided to walk in front of us. Wow! Did that ever make a difference. My daughter now had a constant point to focus on. It was easy to say “keep watchin mommy”. Our training rides have gotten much better. Maybe by the end of the summer the training wheels will come off.
It got me thinking, seeing this in action, where is my focus? The world has much to offer and it can get really distracting. The latest smartphone, video game, car, house, (you take your pick). As Christians, what are we to be focused on?
Take the story of Peter, out in the lake with the other disciples at night in a storm. Who do they see walking towards them on the water? Jesus. What does Peter do? Asks Jesus to call him. Peter gets out and walks on the water to Jesus. But on the way, he takes his focus off Jesus, sees the intensity of the waves and storm around him and starts to sink. Then he calls on Jesus to save him.
I can relate. Life is going well. Then the storm hits and where do I look first? On Jesus? Not usually. I look at the ‘storm’. Right now, it’s all the news about COVID19. It takes a bit for me to put down the phone and not constantly be looking at news or social media about it. Sometimes I have to force myself to do this and pick up a book and read.
Here are some verses I found about focusing on God.
2 Corinthians 4:18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Maybe you are feeling down and discouraged since life has changed so much very quickly. It’s difficult to look at any news or social media and not be confronted with negative articles.
Put down your phone for a bit. Pick up your Bible or a book by your favorite author and refocus on the Saviour!