Where's Your Focus?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” - Philippians 4:8
Having a rough day?
If so, what have you been watching lately? What have you been reading lately? What have you been thinking about lately?
Chances are, you’ve been thinking about some ugly stuff. Maybe it’s ugly stuff happening in your family, or ugly stuff happening in your neighborhood, or ugly stuff happening in our country, or ugly stuff happening in our world. There’s certainly enough to go around.
While we can’t spend our lives with our heads in the sand, ignoring the needs around us, we also can’t spend our lives overly focused on the negative, nasty, ugly stuff either. If we do… we will end up acting in negative, nasty, ugly ways. It’s just that simple.
I want to encourage you - focus on the good things. Focus on what is true, amid a culture and media and leadership that tries to feed us lies at every turn. If we focus on what’s false, we’ll end up repeating it and reinforcing it.
Focus on what is right, as you’re constantly bombarded by everything that’s wrong in this world. There’s so much that is right, we’ll miss it if we’re only focusing on what isn’t.
Focus on what is pure, lovely, admirable, even when the messy, murky, dirty, ugly stuff gets thrown at your face and starts pulling at your attention. Become too busy, focusing on what’s beautiful to make time for what is not. There is so much beauty in God’s creation, so many lovely acts of kindness and service, so much pure love and joy that we can’t possibly take it all in!
If you focus on the things that are good and praiseworthy… you will eventually see more of them. And you will begin to talk about them, spreading this goodness around. You’ll help others see it too.
There are those in our world, who would prefer that you focus all that is wrong and out of place, but that’s not our job and our call. If we do it, we’ll only reflect and reproduce more of the same in our lives, in our homes and in our communities. Instead, focus your attention on Jesus, on the good that God is doing in this world - and watch it multiply around you, through you and in you!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,