Do you ever feel like you’re losing focus? Doesn’t it seem, in our modern times, that it’s harder and harder to stay focused, with so many things clamoring for attention?
Life is a gift. A precious one. But it sometimes seems that we lose track of that because we fall into ruts. We just go through the motions, without fully appreciating all that God has given us to enjoy. And at times without even getting anywhere.
The longer we stay in ruts, the deeper they become and the harder climbing out becomes. So I’ve been filling in ruts lately, and reaping the benefits. And I thought I’d share the tools I’m discovering for climbing out of ruts and permanently eliminating them.
3 valid tools to help us dig out of ruts and reclaim focus:
1. Greater discipline.
I’ve been working at having more discipline. So I’m setting both goals and limits for myself, and working to make them stick. I read somewhere once that by doing something for a straight 30 days it becomes a habit. And I don’t know about you, but I need better habits in my life!
2. Formulating a vision.
One of God’s greatest gifts is vision. Yet it’s something we hear so little about. Christ had vision in abundance, and he never lost focus of it. So did the apostles, and so did most who made a difference or really left their mark on the world.
What is your vision? What would you like to do with your life this year, and next? Or for as long as the Lord gives you to serve him? And how are you at focusing on it?
Without focus we risk forgetting why even started…
We fall into the rut of doing things out of habit. And before we know it our life lacks purpose, and we wonder why we’re even here.
So if you want to build up a business that will greater serve your community, work at it. If you blog because you want to encourage others, give it your all. Whatever your vision is work at with all your might. And you’ll be amazed at the peace and satisfaction that comes with doing it.
Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.Proverbs 29:18 KJV
3. Time Apart.
Yet, we also need time apart. Which in our modern times may be what we most overlook. Our Christian walk is more than just motion. Yes, we do need to be active and make progress.
But we’ve lost the art of reflection and meditation. Society has trained us to think it’s a waste of time. But we’ve forgotten how to just be. Children still possess this art. They often sit still, doing nothing. Just staring into space while following their dreams.
Stillness is essential for communion with God.
For hearing his voice and for feeling his presence. So let’s learn to embrace sillness, silence, and reflection. Only out of calm stillness can we see God’s vision for us. And learn the way to fulfill it.
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So perhaps it’s time to reclaim some simple habits. Things like building discipline into our lives, so that we will have the time to embrace stillness. And then getting away from it all, which doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go on retreats or expensive trips.
Nature is often a big help in rediscovering stillness. So start by taking 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Take a walk or spend time outside. Breathe deep, relax, and let God’s presence wash over you. That connection is the only way to connect to to our source of life and know his vision.
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