Two stories in the Bible stand out in my mind right now: Jesus calling Peter out to walk on the water, and Jesus visiting Martha and Mary. Now Peter had the chance of a lifetime: to walk on water with the Son of God. All he had to do to was fix his eyes on Jesus, but instead he let his fears distract him…and he started to sink. And Martha was too busy bustling around, making preparations, in an effort to impress Jesus, missing out on the opportunity to just sit in His presence and focus her full attention on Him. Imagine the heart-altering peace they missed out on in those moments, all because they did not center their attention on Christ!
We all have the same decision to make every day: let life be our focal point, or let it slip into the background as we focus fully on God. In my own life, I’m learning that when I make a conscious decision to shift my focus wholly on Him, everything else gets put into proper perspective. I don’t forget about any of it; it just all seems to “look” different to me. And I have, by no means, mastered this. I have to ask His help multiple times a day, and He is faithful.
I know this may seem like “preaching to the choir,” but I also know that it’s a struggle that every one of us faces. So I just want to encourage you: intentionally make Him your focal point. If you can do nothing else but let your thoughts dwell on who He is and praise Him for that. You are always in His presence; take the time to notice and give Him your undivided attention.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.” ~Hebrews 12:2 (MSG)