Finding focus

December 16, 2009 — Leave a comment

Focus. It’s something we hear a lot about.

We’re encouraged to focus on our job . . . our family . . . our health . . . our relationship with Christ. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found it difficult to focus while multi-tasking. And that’s what we do so much of in this fast-paced world in which we live.

Focus demands time, attention, discipline, determination. It demands energy, perseverance, and practice. Perhaps more than anything else though, focus requires intentionality. After all, it is just far too easy to become distracted.

As believers in Christ, focus happens when we begin to view all we do as an expression of God at work in us and through us. It is, in fact, our relationship with Him that becomes the lens through which everything else properly comes into focus.

At this season of the year, so often we focus on the baby in the manger. And while that’s a vital part of the Christmas story, I find it more significant to focus on the meaning of the Christ-child’s name: Emmanuel. Not “God was with us” or “God is gonna be with us” but rather “God IS with us.”

In one moment more than 2000 years ago, the hope of the world was born. And nothing will ever be the same. Are you living your life in the reality of Emmanuel? Would you say some of the things you say, watch some of the things you watch, or do some of the things you do if you really considered that He is with you? For me, that’s a sobering thought — and one that has the power to change my focus.

Perhaps it can help change yours as well.


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