We are distracted and we are interrupted.
We are busy, hurried, falling behind, and we feel it!
We think we can multitask. We try to multitask. The fact is your brain does not multitask, except when it comes to the lower level behaviors. In other words, you can chew food and talk at the same time. Whether you should multitask on that particular combination is another question.
We are overwhelmed with INPUTS. There is an information explosion in your life every day! Tomorrow it will be the same (or worse).
In a world of distractions, interruptions, too many options, and too many demands, your ability to FOCUS is crucial for success and happiness.
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog who barks.” Winston Churchill
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” (unknown)
There are three big benefits that come from FOCUS.
First: What you focus on expands.
It expands in importance, quantity, and quality. What you notice is what you attend to. Attention to something means a greater engagement. You give more energy to your area of focus. That is always a good thing–whether it is filling out your taxes or listening to your spouse or playing with your kids or doing open heart surgery (assuming you are a surgeon).
This is why we are doing our Sunday Sermon devotional resources. We want to help you focus all week long on what we talked about on Sunday. That focus will help expand your engagement with that part of God’s Word to us.
Second: What you focus on, you experience.
Seriously! Think about how much life we are missing. I am as guilty as the next person. The number one source of distraction is a little thing called your cell phone. We are on them all the time. ALL THE TIME! We are on them when we are doing other stuff. When you are using your phone while you are doing other stuff, you are not focused on the other stuff. You have moved to a sideline experience. You are now focused on whatever is on your phone.
This is true even when you are using your phone to record the other stuff. I was at a concert of a band I really enjoyed. I was so focused on recording that event on my phone, so I could revisit it later, that I missed significant parts of the event. Focus on the experience so you actually experience the experience.
Maybe it is time to tweak the old phrase, “Slow down and smell the roses.” Now, let’s say, “Put your phone away and smell the roses.” This leads to the third benefit.
Third: What you focus on, you enjoy.
Here is another old saying: “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Except for when you get there and you discover it isn’t! Focus on your own grass. Your job. Your friend. Your right now, right here, real time, in the moment experience that is taking place. Enjoy the moment God has given you. You will find that as you live in and enjoy the current moment you find joy, contentment, satisfaction … and you don’t even notice the other yard.
A few final questions are worth asking:
- So what are you focused on?
- How well are you focusing on it?
- Why are you focused on this?
- Is it worthy of your focus?
I always recommend you have as your one steady focus what the letter to the Hebrews encouraged:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… (see all of Hebrews 12:1-3).
Grace and Peace,
If you want to read and see great quotes on FOCUS, visit this page. Now for two disclaimers. One, I don’t affirm everything said in every quote. Two, at the time when I visited the page, there was nothing inappropriate on it.