Focus– May 12, 2015
Philippians 3:13-14, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
‘Focus’, what a powerful five letter word that commands one to clear out all distractions that surround them and to give all attention to the moment. This word alone holds the key for success in different areas of a person’s life, yet, so many of us have tethered ourselves to an endless number of tasks and past emotions which become hindrances to our focus.
In Philippians, Paul says that even he did not count himself as having everything figured out. He did understand to forget those things in the past, and to reach forward to the things that are ahead always pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We can learn much from this statement. We do not have everything figured out, and as a result, we put forth so much effort on so many things at one time that it literally overwhelms us.
Paul notes that he has let go of the ropes that prevent him from moving ahead toward the goal found in Christ. In other words, he has put his ‘focus’ on the goal. When we apply that focus to our lives, it will put our priorities in order, give us perspective on the future, and position us to move in a straight and forward direction. Being focused lets us drop the ropes that keep us bound from moving to the starting place of successful living under the guidance of God.