We live in the age of distraction.
I feel like its most days there’s no way to stop the constant onslaught of things competing for our attention. Between our social media feeds, constant text conversations, or the 3,000 or more ads we see every day, there’s hardly a moment thats not fighting for our focus.
Theres a power in focus, though. By turning our intention to the most important things, we can make an uncommon impact there. It turns out that multi-tasking is a myth. We can’t do two things at once. We have to switch from thing to thing, we can’t do two things at once. By limiting distractions and increasing focus, we ultimately improve our ability to do the things we have in front of us.
As helpful as it is to maintain good focus on our tasks, its immeasurably more helpful to make sure we’re focusing on the right places. We can be focused intently in the wrong places, which can be useless at best or damaging at worst. This is the root of worry. We take our focus, which when applied to the right places creates dramatic positive results, and move it to things we can’t control. So we block out positive distractions or even the truth, so we can focus on the things that bring us anxiety.
Focus is an incredibly powerful tool, and it can be used for good or bad. I wonder what powerful ways our lives would change and what kind of momentum we could grow if we focused more in the right places. The right places, it turns out, are the things of heaven. In Colossians 3 Paul says we need to set our sights on the realities of heaven.
The best way I’ve learned to do this is simply make reading the Word of God a priority in our lives every single day. We get enough of the perspective of the way our world sees during our day, so we absolutely need a heavy dose of God’s perspective. Its the standard for truth. So when we start feeling our focus shift to the things of this world, the cares of this life, the lust of our eyes, and the pride of life, we can shift our focus back up to heaven where our perspective gets made right.
Scripture orients us daily. Its the book that reads us and calls us to a higher way of living, a higher mindset. We need to be rooted in truth and focused on heaven. This is the only way that life makes sense, and worry takes a backseat to our trust in God. We see him on the throne over all the areas in our lives, and actually the whole of creation.