Focus

As we look around us, at the things that need our attention today, it is hard to decide where our thoughts and our energies are most needed.  Sometimes we spend more time trying to decide what to do next, than actually addressing a problem area.  Sometimes we choose to do too many things and nothing is satisfactorily done.

“Focus,” my mother would say.  “Pick something.  Then just do it!”  There were so many things from which to choose, I couldn’t decide on anything.  Then it was hard to get anything done.

ne time I found my son sitting in the middle of the floor with several stacks of paper around him – one stack for each subject in which he had homework. I watched him go from one stack to the other doing a little bit here and a little bit there.  I found myself saying, “Pick one subject and stick with it until it’s done. Then go on to the next one until it’s done. You will feel good knowing you’ve completed an assignment, rather than partially completing each one.”

In Matthew we read, “The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”(1)  If we concentrate on that which will accomplish the most good, we will be satisfied, happy. Satisfaction opens the door to avenues that provide more opportunities for achievement  and confidence in our ability to get things done and the ability to do more.

When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, I learned that when we turn our head and look in the direction we want the bike to go, it will automatically follow where we are looking.  During the course, I noticed our instructor’s new bike – white and silver – it was beautiful.  I was admiring it, looking at it, and then I realized I was heading right towards it.  Before it was too late, I realized I was heading where I was looking.   Remembering the instructor’s admonition, I turned my head away from the new bike and possible disaster toward the open parking lot.  My bike automatically went where I was looking.

Another book I have turned to many times for direction by Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th Century spiritual thinker and leader of the Christian Science religion, states: “we must turn our gaze in the right direction and then walk that way.” (2)

It is important to decide what we want to accomplish and then choose a path that leads in that direction without hesitation or deterrent.

(1)    Matthew 6:22

(2)    Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Page 248:26

Photo by adKinn is downloaded from flickr.com.

Kate Johnson is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland and a Christian Science practitioner.

 

 

 

 


2 Comments

  1. I agree that sometimes we consider all of the things that “need” to be done and we become overwhelmed by it all. We spend our time in a state of anxiety rather then acting upon those issues we can impact. We like to do it all, but sometimes the impossible is asked of us and we have to recognize that, when it occurs. If you are asked to get from Maryland to California in the next ten minutes you can easily realize that it cannot be accomplished. Most times, however, the request isn’t as clear cut. Try as we might we will not be able to do everything that is asked of us. Prioritizing those issues that are possible, beginning work on them and realizing we are doing all that we possibly can, we often find that some of those issues that “need” to be done, aren’t so important after all.

  2. Hi Mike:

    Thank you for your comment. What you say is very true. We always have to be wise in what we choose to do. We do have to start somewhere, don’t we? God will lead us rightly.