I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13b‑14 (NLT)
“You’re making him lose his focus!” I laughed as characters from Monsters Inc. cavorted on the television screen, voices squawking. I don’t know how many times I’ve mimicked that line, joking with friends or bantering with my husband.
It seems that focus is an issue these days; at least for me. At work, remaining single‑minded is difficult as so many things vie for my attention. Attempting to escape the frenzy at home leaves me disappointed. Cleaning, cooking, and laundry fill the schedule. Bills pile up and the phone rings. Mother needs help. I barely have time to speak with my husband, let alone talk with God.
So where does God fit into my busyness? Must He be relegated to Sunday, or can He take part in my daily routines? At work, can I reveal peace in the face of stress; patience when conflicts rise? At home, am I kind? Do I serve my family with love?
Athletes have coaches to keep them focused. Those competing at the highest levels work together on strength and endurance, technique, diet, and even time management. Loss of focus can mean the difference between first and second place, or even last. If I allowed God to coach me as I run for the prize, His voice would cut through frustration, fatigue, pain, and stress. He would encourage me to stay on track and finish strong.
Lord, help me focus on your voice as I run. When I reach the finish line, I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
© 2013 Katherine A. Fuller