Tag: focused

Tunnel Vision

Have you ever arrived at your destination and wondered how in the world did you get there? Like you know you got in the car, started the ignition, drove from point A to point B, but do not remember anything along the way. Crazy and somewhat dangerous, isn’t it?!?! This happens to me all the time! Shocking right? HA!

At the end of 2016, my job moved offices which caused a new, quicker (thank you Lord) commute for me. Recently on the drive in to the office one morning I took notice of this big beautiful house that sits off of the main road. Now I’ve been driving this same route every day since November and have never noticed this house before. It kinda shocked me because I was thinking how did you miss this? The reason would be 1 of 2 things, I was either on the phone with my hubby or lost in the midst of all of my thoughts. Maybe a better way to say it is that I had tunnel vision and was focused solely on my final destination, causing me to miss so many other “small” things along the way. Stick with me I’m going somewhere with this today.

We have made it to the second month of 2017. We have all of our goals, plans and our vision for the year still in front of us. The momentum to get it done should still be pretty high at this point and we are focused on getting the job done. We have made it up in our minds that we are going to keep our eye on the prize and steer away from distractions and/or anything that could get in our way. Think about it, how many times on a daily/weekly basis or just in general, have you said the statement “I’m focused” with only thoughts of ultimately completing your goal? I know I have thought it quite frequently and there is nothing wrong with that. You should be focused and striving to become distraction free. My concern today is when we become a little too focused. What do I mean by that? I’m glad you asked, let me explain.

Just as I missed that big beautiful house on the drive to and from work for the past 3 months, you (we) can miss vital pieces of the journey if we are only focused on the end result. Transparent moment. You know that I have been talking about and believing God to attain home ownership. There are days when I’m like, I want the house and I want it now. Forget everything else, Lord just open the door for me to get the house. Now I truly believe that this is already done in Heaven. My Daddy has already picked out the house, has the address and is waiting to drop the keys in our hand, but its a process. If I am only focused on the closing day and walking in the front door for the first time, I may have missed the “smaller” blessings He has worked out along the way. He has granted increase, new opportunities for growth in the way that we handle our financial business, He has granted us grace through my mother who has opened her home to us during this entire process. And even on the hardest of days, when it seems like a dream deferred, He is there to help pick up the pieces with His reassurance and His love.

So what am I saying today? Sometimes you just have to take a moment, a break so to speak, to look around and see all of the blessings surrounding you in this moment. You could be missing a blessing that is staring you right in your face. I encourage you today to stay focused to reach the goal, but at the same time keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to take in the blessing of His presence in your life. Remove the blinders, step outside of that tunnel and enjoy the journey and all that comes along with it. You are going to get there, it is going to happen, but only in His timing according to His will and His plan.

Keep your eyes open for God, watch for His works; be alert for signs of His presence. Remember the world of wonders He has made, His miracles, and the verdicts He’s rendered ~ Psalm 105:4-5 MSG

Peace & Blessings,

Getting Back Focused

Focused2Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?

I know you are like, “what is she talking about now?” LOL! This was the question my Pastor used to close out his sermon this Sunday titled “The Exceptional Few” from his new series “Extraordinary Focus.”

During his sermon he spoke about Jesus’ journey to the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36-46 and the roles in which His disciples played.  At the time there were only 11 disciples with Jesus in the garden as Judas had already separated from the group to go and betray Jesus. So he would be the 1, Judas “the nonessential”.  Jesus told Peter, James and John (3, the Inner Circle) to come with Him and asked the others to sit there and watch while He went to pray.  So Jesus told the 8 “the Close” to stay behind to watch out for the betrayer. The close (the 8) were still a part of Jesus’ disciples, He had a bond with them, but needed them to stay where they were while He went further to pray, but couldn’t stay awake not even an hour to obey the Master’s request. He asked His inner circle (the 3) to come along with Him to pray. They were the 3 that He had the tightest bond with and often went with Him to perform miracles. He kept them closer than the others. I hope you are catching the drift of the story. And then there is Judas (the 1), the betrayer, who sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. Hmmmm. Let that sink in for a minute.

I won’t go any further into the sermon, if you desire to hear it feel free to look up VisitMRC on Ustream, but I just wanted to share what this message meant to me. It really hit home and stung a little. But that’s good though, the convicting Word is the best Word in my book. It challenges me to do better, to evaluate areas that need work, it petitions me to draw closer to the Lord. The whole ride home Sunday all I could think about was truly being honest with myself and figuring out which category I fall in…the close (8)…the inner circle (3)….or the nonessential (1). Sure first instinct is to say I’m a part of the inner circle, but then reality sets in and I confess that I’m not there yet. There are SO many areas that I need to improve in to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I truly desire to be in His inner circle, one that He can ALWAYS count on no matter what!

So what’s stopping me? DISTRACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Point. Blank. Period. A bunch of nothing! How many hours do we waste doing nothing in a week? How often to do we scroll thru Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, etc. when that time could be put towards deeper personal Bible study or prayer time? I had to be honest with myself and say hey I waste entirely too much time doing nothing. I need to get back focused on the things that matter the most and the top of the list is my relationship with Christ. I need to get my fire back, let go of the nonsense and push forward to be all about Kingdom business. I need to get refocused in other areas as well and really evaluate things that are needed at this time and others that need to be put on the back burner. I don’t ever want to be too tired from the ins and outs of my day to spend intimate time with Him. And neither should you. So now I flip this thing around and ask you…

Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?

Peace & Blessings,

 sig KT