I noticed in my very clean kitchen that I am no longer distracted by things that were clouding my vision. I’m not saying, “I should get rid of those Christmas cards,” or “someday I’ll clean out that junk drawer,” or “man is my counter a mess” etc… What a relief! My conclusion is that clutter distracts me and draws my attention away from where my focus should be.
The same is true spiritually. If I have too much junk in my way I lose sight of what’s important, what really matters.
Jesus had a single focus: doing the will of the Father.
Paul wrote, “This one thing I do….”
Really, Paul? It looks like you did a lot to me. He was focused.
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and
reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13, 14
How did Paul have a single focus? He cleaned out his spiritual clutter!
Forgetting what lies behind…
Focus is a discipline. It’s hard work to forget the past and what hinders there and stretch forward! I found a potato ricer that brought a flood of memories of past parties and a wash of sadness that those will never reoccur. Then I said to myself, “No! God has great new adventures ahead. Stop looking back. Stretch forward!”
Hey, you! Stop looking back. Forward march!
Jesus is coming. Get busy in what really matters.
This reminded me of a song:
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!