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