Hello! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It’s so WARM here; it feels like summer – 85 degrees, clear and sunny. Kind of strange for November 17th, but it is what it is I suppose. Even though I would much prefer some snow, I can’t be too upset with 85 and sunny☺
Anyways, earlier this week I was looking for something new to read in the Bible – I had just been reading random passages as they came to me – and decided to start reading through Proverbs. I’ve read Proverbs before, but never really read through everything slowly, taking time to process all the little nuggets of wisdom.
So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the things I am learning from Proverbs. And if you’re looking for something new to study during your own quiet time, I would highly recommend reading through Proverbs on your own. Besides being jam-packed full of wisdom, they are each fairly short and easy to read. I’ve been trying to read one every morning, and so far it’s been really great! Here’s a section of something I read earlier this week…
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4: 23-27
I feel like there could be a variety of different interpretations and revelations just from this one portion of scripture. But it was the middle portion that really spoke to me this week. “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” Sometimes it can be really difficult to stay focused on one thing at a time. Well, at least it is difficult for me. I find myself being easily distracted, wanting to participate in everything, and spreading myself too thin.
When your focus is split between too many things, it’s hard to accomplish anything. It’s best to find that one thing you know you are good at – the one thing that you have been called to do – and pursue that with everything you’ve got. Don’t look over your shoulder to see what’s going on around or behind you. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by pursuing too many different goals or paths. Focus on the path in front of you and don’t swerve away from it.
Staying focused on one goal at a time can be difficult, but doing so is the only way to really accomplish anything in life. Find those areas in which the Lord has uniquely gifted you, and focus on those things. Choose to let distractions pass you by, and stay on the path in front of you. Definitely something I needed to hear, and something I will be working on in the future.
How about you? Are you easily distracted? What do you do to overcome the distractions?