Skip to main content

Life Hack #30: Take Focused Steps, Not Calculated Ones

Life Hack #30:

Do you know where your future lies? Our decisions TODAY impact out outcomes tomorrow, but we don't control ALL the possibilities of either day. We can "manage" as much as possible, but there are just "unknowns" we cannot really plan for. Knowing our future is important - especially in terms of where we are headed spiritually. If we haven't really made an "about-face" from doing things our own way, under our own terms, and for our own benefit, we might just be "play-acting" at this "Christianity" thing. Our future is as secure as our focus - that which we set our eyes on the most becomes the direction we take, and it also becomes what fills our "head".

Don’t bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked. Those people have no future at all; they’re headed down a dead-end street. (Proverbs 24:19-20)

We might allow things we see or hear to fill our heads with ideas and images which really don't do a lot to help us move forward. Focus on what gives you the greatest worries or problems in this life and that is what you will be constantly moving toward. If we want to move beyond those worries or problems, we have to change our focus - do an about-face. Unless we truly have eyes in the back of our head, that about-face maneuver will bring things into a new light simply because we cannot look forward and still be looking back. Focusing on our worries and problems leaves us with a pretty miserable future.

We get "bothered" a lot of times by the things which really don't amount to much. The braggart boasts about what he thinks makes him look important - things he uses to puff up his pride and show off. The wicked get along pretty well, seeming to avoid all the pitfalls which should await them because of their dishonest ways. All the while we get a notion in our mind that life isn't fair, and somehow, WE were overlooked for the blessings or the goodies. We see the one with the goodies and we begin to wonder why it isn't possible for us. We see the one with all the success and realize the "littleness" of our present position. Focus on them long enough and we will learn to live a pretty dissatisfied and ungrateful life.

It is time to keep our focus on the things and the ONE who really matter in the long run. Once we realize how important focus is in determining our ultimate future state, we begin to consider making change in our posture. Have you ever found yourself just looking down at your steps? The problem with looking down at is that we miss the obstacles in our path! We don't get a clear picture of where we're heading, just of every step we're taking. We don't need to make a continual effort of focusing on each step if we are focusing on the principles God teaches us to live by as we 'step along'.

We can focus so intently on each "step" in our journey, but in so doing, we often fall head-over-heels into the obstacles in our path. We need a broader perspective which only comes by looking at the objective out in front of us. Today's objectives will differ from last week's because we are taking steps forward. If you are trying to develop in your intimacy with Christ, you don't need to focus so intently on the "steps" such as Bible reading, prayer, and the like - you have to focus on him - he helps you take the steps without even realizing you have taken them. Maybe some of our closest experiences with Christ would come if we just kept our eyes intently on him and not so consumed with whether we read two chapters a day, prayed fifteen minutes, or memorized twelve verses this month. Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

Do me a favor

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:1-4) Has God's love made ANY difference in your life? What is that difference? Most of us will likely say that our lives were changed for the good, while others will say there was a dramatic change. Some left behind lifestyles marked by all manner of outward sin - like drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, or even thievery. There are many that will admit the things they left behind were just a bit subtler - what we can call inward sin - things like jealousy,