Develop Eternal Focus
Last week I had cataract surgery in my right eye. Four-and-a-half years ago I had the same surgery in my left eye. It’s amazing how my sight has changed with these two simple eye procedures. Within a short period of time my right eye will adjust properly and I will see clearly.
Blurred vision definitely affects how you see the physical world.
Focus for our spiritual life is also very important. Our sight must not be blurred by temporal issues, but rather clearly viewed through the eyes of eternity. What we focus upon determines our success in life.
For example, if we focus upon problems and negative events our energy will be depleted and fear will be a side effect. On the other hand, those who focus on solutions will enjoy the benefits of increased energy, creativity and joy.
Acts 1:6 – 7
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”
The disciples still focused on the physical resurrection of the country of Israel rather than the kingdom of God. Their eyes were fixated on the temporal not the eternal. God’s plan in Christ encompassed the world, (John 3:16) where his reign would rule in the hearts of all people who receive him as Lord and Savior.
Last week I watched a special program sponsored by Joni and Friends concerning disabled people in Haiti. Joni Eareckson Tada hosted the program.
Her ministry to handicapped people is a direct result of her own tragedy. She was paralyzed from her shoulders to her feet from a diving accident in 1967. Joni developed a strong spiritual center as a young woman and used this event to build a larger platform to influence others for Christ. She became better rather than bitter. She learned to focus on what she could do rather than on the limitations from her accident. She became an amazing painter by gripping the paintbrush with her teeth and using her neck muscles to move the brush to create beautiful paintings.
She also became a great speaker and created a ministry to encourage handicapped people. Over the years she has expanded her ministry to foreign countries, like Haiti. Using her ministry’s resources, she provides wheelchairs to crippled people, and uses these acts of kindness to give the gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
She is an amazing woman who lives in the light of eternity. Heaven is real and exciting for her because someday she will enjoy a new body and be freed from all limitations.
I also recently read about another person, who focused only on himself. Christopher Coleman was a former Marine and pastor’s son. He was convicted of killing his wife and two sons on May 5, 2009, in the family’s lakeside home in Columbia, Illinois. He feared his affair with his wife’s long-time friend would cost him his $400,000 per year job as the security chief for the Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries.
His case, with a mix of religion, adultery and violence, caused him to do the unthinkable. He will be incarcerated for the rest of his life dealing with the nightmares from his actions. He had a bright future, but destroyed it with selfish, sinful choices.
What are you focusing on today? Are you looking at the opportunities or deficits? Solutions or problems? Temporal or eternal issues?
Clear focus creates 20/20 vision for daily living.
Develop eternal focus!