I PROMISE you this isn’t one of those creepy entrepreneur articles to sell you an online course…not that there’s anything wrong with that : \ (I sad that for the benefit of my online friends only).
This issue of focus is simply from my desperate battle to figure out how to reign in my inability to do it. I’ve heard all the focus ideas and even tried to employ them in my own life. For gawd sakes, I printed an entire PDF by Theron Dumont, The Power of Concentration audiobook free on YouTube. I have done the proposed exercises and I can attest that focus is a muscle that needs to be exercised.
Still, my brain won’t stop jumping from place to place to place. I am constantly coming up with endless ideas. But the huge prevailing, overwhelming problem is that I’m not getting any one of them done!
Seriously, every day is a new article, a new thought, a new business, a new idea. I’m more than half a century old and I’ve seen nothing come to fruition yet. I’m writing this because I KNOW I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!
So I am writing this in hopes that it will help someone out there, and for my own posterity next time I'm having a 'season' of inability to concentrate. Which is what this is, only a season.
I want to tell you I lit a candle, breathed deep, and focusssssssed. But I didn’t. (It might help though). Instead, I sat in my car going nowhere. A lot of us have done it. You know, those lone moments where you just sit in your car, not wanting to go anywhere right away.
I told God, I can’t live like this anymore! I need help, please. I do it – I just empty myself to you and beg you for guidance. I give up. I only want to do what you want me to do. For me, this was rock bottom. I couldn’t spend an endless life of having and spinning great ideas but never finishing anything. Nothing would be worse for me.
But even though I asked God, Nothing magically came to my mind.
I’m being a little cynical here because it seems like we, as Christians, wait for a magical cure from God in the form of words a happening, something. I find more and more, that just doesn’t happen.
Tossing and turning in the middle of the night I decided to look up the word focus in the bible. I knew the actual word wasn’t there, but maybe a Hebrew or Greek equivalent would be. Lucky for us right now we have internet search engines that allow us to look for all kinds of topics and I can ask, where can I find focus in the Bible. Not surprisingly, a myriad of people had already made long lists of verses. I knew this problem wasn’t my own.
I squinted so I could my phone screen through my night vision and went down the list…50 Bible Verses about focus.
All the regulars were there like, seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness, setting your mind on the things above, whatever is pure, whatever is honorable, whatever is of good report, etc. think on these things….but I had already been doing all of this and still was miserably unable to focus on just one thing at a time.
Then, I saw it. The verse I was looking for was in Proverbs:
Let your eyes look directly ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. (Proverbs 4:25)
Believe me, I could go deeper into this verse in many different directions and never complete this article. But I trust the Holy Spirit in your life to take this verse and apply it in the way God wants to in your life.
And if it helps to light a candle and stare at it, I’ll support that too!
Whatever you do, don’t lose your focus, and as always,