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  • Writer's picturePastor Myron K. Leach

Staying Focused

Matthew 5:45 (TLB)

In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too.

I was watching one of the early heats of the 2016 Olympic Men’s 200m. This man was favored to win this heat had a great start, ran a decent race but he lost sight of a runner who was in an outside lane. This runner came in 3rd place because he did not push through in the final moments of his heat but more disappointing, he did not see his opponent gaining ground and overtook him at the finish line.

This runner lost sight and did not following through and did not stay focused. A runner must be aware of anything that has the potential to be a distraction from their laps. After his qualifying heat, he assumed he was in a good position to win but did not think he would place no lower than 2nd place.

There will be things that come out of nowhere that can impede our progress and cause us to lose sight of the larger picture. Life is filled with distractions and untimely events such as sickness, loss of employment, or the death of a loved one. It is important to allow yourself to recover from these events that are devastating but remain focused on what remains ahead.

Staying focused does not mean ignoring what is going on in our surroundings but having discernment of everything including our emotional health. We must be keenly aware of our families, our personal goals and our spiritual condition.

Christians should be aware that the storms of life will come and we are not exempt. Rainy seasons will come and they have the potential to shake our foundation but don’t allow yourself to be stuck. Stay focused on the vision for your life despite any setbacks you may face. Look to God for your source of strength and allow the seed of God’s word to sustain you during difficult seasons of life.

Stay focused because you can make it!

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