We have all heard the phrase, “stay in your lane.” Before that phrase came out, wisdom was etched all over the book of proverbs.
Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. – Proverbs 4:25.
God knew we had hearts that were prone to wander in our hearts and minds primarily and subsequently, in our actions. With the explosion of social media and the onslaught of information attempting to flood every square inch of our minds, our generation is faced with a unique challenge. The challenge to become quiet and focused has become increasingly more difficult with technology. No matter the age, society is inundated with information at lightening speeds with the inability to process things so quickly; much information never takes any roots in our minds because the soil of the mind has not been pliable enough for planting.
One example that comes to mind that is swimming. Swimmers need to swim in their lanes, and this is only possible if eyes are fixed forward. This focus helps to build many qualities such as strength, muscle, endurance and ultimately, sets up the swimmer for potential success.
If a swimmer does seem to lose sight of his lane, he may lose course or become slower at reaching his goals. In hindsight, such small changes can prove to deter success. Distractions can come in many forms, yet we don’t not have to succumb to them. On the flip side, focused strokes can make all the difference in remaining mediocre or steadfast training is the method en route to becoming an Olympic athlete.
In the case of swimming, it may be more of a matter of winning or losing; but other races can prove have much more dire consequences. For instance, NASCAR drivers precision that comes from focus is a matter of life and death.
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?- Galatians 5:7
Sometimes our focus on outside circumstances are the biggest distraction or on another’s race. Other times, our thought life can be the source of dissonance. Perhaps, the heaviness of delays or the plight of indecisiveness is the cause of your distraction. Regardless, the beauty of the steadfast truth remains. The arms of the Father remain open to embrace us into coming back home.
Progress begins with the decision to say yes to potential and no to fear.
Step by step let us walk forward to into the calling of love, being loved into wholeness and into the potential the Lord has for us.
Copyright © 2019 Shelley Singh