I saw a bumper sticker the other day it read: “Honk if you love Jesus. Text if you want to see him.” Texting while driving has become a dangerous epidemic across America, one at times I’m guilty of. The reason why it’s such a dangerous habit is because it distracts you from what you should be paying attention to… THE ROAD. In a nutshell it causes you to lose focus.
I want to make a bold statement to you. “The only reason men fail is broken focus.” Think about that statement for a minute. Think about David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah.
The reality is while we’re traveling down the road of life the enemy is working overtime to distract you, to get you off track and he does this by getting you to lose focus. He would love nothing more than to get you side tracked and wrecked in the ditch of life.
When you and I lose focus, our marriages become a drag, ministry becomes drudgery, and relationship with God becomes a duty.
Below are 10 ways in which the enemy will distract you and cause you to lose focus.
10 WAYS TO LOSE YOUR FOCUS:
01. When the job you’re doing is no longer a challenge because you quit striving for excellence.
02. When the enemy’s voice becomes louder than God – you become Stagnate.
03. When you feel slighted or wrongly accused.
04. When you inadequately plan your day.
05. When you desire someone else’s position.
06. When your vision seems impossible.
07. When you fight to survive due to weariness, fatigue, depression, and offenses.
08. When you look too far ahead.
09. When your prayer life becomes a time of complaining.
10. When you listen to the advice of people.
Luke 22:39 records the story of the disciples being with Jesus at one of the most important moments in His life. Yet these men could not discern the times. They became distracted and fell asleep. How many times has God wanted to use us, but we have become distracted, unfocused and it lead to us missing some of the greatest opportunities in the marketplace, family, and ministry?
This is why Paul is my hero. After all the turmoil, trouble and trials he faced HE NEVER GAVE UP. He stayed focused to the end. These are words straight out of his mouth. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have ran the race.
So what do you do if you’ve lost your focus? How do you get it back? Great question, I’m glad you asked. Here are nine ways to regain your focus.
9 WAYS TO GET YOUR FOCUS BACK:
01. Go back to the Beginning.
Deuteronomy 8:11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.
Very few things are as powerful as when you start remembering the beginning. I will watch couples eyes light up when they start talking about when they first met. The spark of romance is rekindled. Remember when you first got saved, when the dream for that business first hit your heart. What you felt when you brought your newborn home from the hospital. I think you get my point. Don’t forget the dreams of the past.
02. Clear your Schedule.
Jesus retreated into the wilderness all the time to spend time alone with God. When was the last time you broke away from the rut and routine of life to recharge and refocus?
03. Go to God in Prayer
Jeremiah 33:3 Call on me and I will answer you and show you great and hidden things which you don’t know about.
God has great and hidden things about your life that will bring new focus if you only knew. So how do you discover them? Talk to God about them.
04. Help someone hurting.
Ephesians 6:8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord.
Have you ever experienced the rush of allowing the God of the universe to flow through your life to touch someone else? Try it, help the hurting, volunteer in a ministry, go on a missions trip and watch your focus become clear.
05. Look at someone else’s vision and dream.
Others inspire. Who are the leaders in the industry you serve, in ministry, in life, who inspire you? Get around them and let their story help you to regain new ideas.
06. Hurt again.
Luke 19:41,42 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Wow!!! This is so good, Jesus’ compassion, and love for people gave Him fresh focus for the coming days as He made His way to the cross. When was the last time your heart broke for people?
07. Get around someone with Zeal.
You are becoming the average of your five closest friends. So today chose to rub shoulders with people who are filled with passion and zeal.
08. Realize God is still there.
09. Realize you’re affecting everyone else’s dream!
The Bible says we’re all apart of the same body, the “Body of Christ.” Imagine with me what could happen in a church if everyone was 100% focused on what God had called them to be and do. That local church would be unstoppable.