“Focus determines reality.” (Qui Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace)
I decided a long time ago to not let others determine what I believed and how much I believed. In other words, my faith in God is between me and God; there’s no third party.
Sticking to this is not easy, nor am I perfect at doing so. Why?
- It’s easy to let hurt steal your focus and deflate your faith.
- It’s easy to doubt because of what others do or fail to do.
Rather than simply deciding to stick to it, which I continually fail at doing, I am determining to continue returning to it. That determination is continually renewed, and I am able to go back to living this decision, only as much as I remember and follow what the Bible says about it.
Focus Your Thoughts
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Focus Your Faith
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Focus Your Spirit
“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the spirit.” (Romans 8:5)
My faith focus comes from a deliberate choice to focus on Jesus. Once that choice was made, my life then became one of progressively living out that focus through my attitudes, actions, and words. I’m not perfect yet, but I’m making my way in that direction.