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Staying Focused

Today’s Reflection

I HAVE FOCUS PROBLEMS — but not with my eyes. My focus problems go far deeper than visual ailments. My focus problems are spiritual in nature. I get distracted from keeping God first and foremost in my life. As a youth pastor several decades ago, I used a slogan with our students: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!” I so easily lose my focus on the “main thing,” my relationship with Jesus!

[In 2 Samuel 11:1-5] King David seems to have a focus problem too. Doubtless David loved God. Yet today’s story indicates he also had the awful potential to lose his focus on God.

It begins in this story when David gets a bit lazy. In the time of the year “when kings go out to battle,” David stays home. Such a small thing — no big deal? Right? Wrong! Then David catches a rooftop glimpse of a beautiful woman bathing . . .

It all begins with David’s losing his focus. Being in the wrong place … at the wrong time … with the wrong people … doing the wrong thing … costs the king. Keeping our focus on God is a moment-by-moment discipline. The stakes are high.

-Jorge Acevedo
Disciplines 2012

From “Staying Focused!” by Jorge Acevedo, page 217 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book, now only $3.00!.

Today’s Question

What do you do to regain your focus on God, in those times when you’ve gotten distracted? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Mark 6:30-31, NRSV

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  • robert moeller July 22, 2012, 4:19 am

    I don’t know if we are tugged, nudged, or bumped by the Holy Spirit when we wander from our relationship with God or if it is only our own will, desire, effort to return to God but something, definitely unseen, brings us back. Could the relationship be broken, unfortunately I think so, but it would be on our part not God’s. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen.

    Help those whose God given talents are as musicians, especially this day, as we worship you Lord and give thanks for all you have done for us.

    • Connie July 22, 2012, 7:07 am

      Last Sunday I had fleeting negative thoughts about a guest singer at our church. I asked God to forgive me, but all week I have been nudged to encourage, not discourage (in mind only) those people who sing for the glory of God. Thank you, God, through Robert(all week) for reminding me to keep unrelated issues out of your house of worship and join in the songs of praise to you.

  • Jill July 22, 2012, 5:10 am

    I admit and confess and try to sit in stillness for an extended moment. For me, slowing down everything that is going on inside is important. Then, stepping back into the rhythm…letting God lead.

  • Connie July 22, 2012, 6:52 am

    When I lose my focus, I remember that everything I have comes from God.

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