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day 773: Do The Right Thing – Part 5: Focus

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Every day in the workplace a set of choices are made and if those choices are being made about the right things and in the right way, then the matter of focus is being considered. In actuality there seldom is a shortage of things that can be done, or ideas that could be pursued. The harder part is choosing which things to not pursue or chase and having the courage and determination to say no. It’s not easy and many a business, especially many start-ups that I have seen end up imploding under the weight of doing too much or reaching too far ahead of themselves. Having a strategic focus to hang onto that acts as a filter for decisions can make the exercise of saying no easier and more palatable. We may never know which opportunities we missed, but if we are focused we can know which opportunities we can achieve.

In our own lives, the same set of choices must be made. Fortunately, we have been given God’s Word and His spirit to guide us. But, still we can lose focus and if not careful wake up one day finding many other priorities in our lives that we have put in front of our relationship with the Lord. And, those higher priorities can even be healthful and good things, but still they shouldn’t be at the top. It comes down to how focused we can remain and how fixed we can have our hearts on Jesus. None of us are alone in this struggle and challenge. The question we should be asking today of ourselves, is really, at the core, where is our focus? If we can’t say that it is on Him and that all else flows from there, then we need to rethink what we are doing. Today, let’s think hard on this and let God speak to us about the areas where we put things above Him and how we can realign.

Reference: 1 John 2:15-16 (New Living Testament)