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Where Is Your Focus?

What do you do when you’re trying to overcome something in your life?

As an example, this is what I have done in my life countless times:

There was a time in my life when I wanted so desperately to conquer the anxiety in my life (which is something that I used to deal with constantly).  I would read books about anxiety, research how others dealt with their anxiety, watch video clips by others who have conquered their anxiety issues, talk to others who understood what I was going through, pray that God would deliver me of the anxiety, and I would consequently think about my anxiety ALL DAY LONG.

(And most likely all night, too.)

Now there’s nothing wrong with educating ourselves and seeking support concerning something, but do you see the problem here???? 🙂

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33)

One of the revelations God gave me awhile ago (that I was reminded of recently!) is that I need to focus on Him, not my problems. I am to seek Him first. I need to focus on Him, not my bad habits. I need to focus on Him, not all of my wants. I need to focus on Him, not everything I want to change about myself.

This has always been difficult for me. When I do something, I put everything I have into it.  When I am interested in something or have something in my life that I want to change, I think about it all the time – as if I am being more constructive by doing so! (This is not more constructive, by the way!) To let go and give these things to God and not focus all of my energy on them is not easy for me to do. It almost feels counterproductive. God has shown me something quite the opposite, though…

The more I live to please Him and follow Him, the more I will consequently let go of anything that gets in the way of my relationship with Him. The more I look to Him to fill me up, the less I will look to other things to do that instead. The more I focus on Him, the more I will become like Him.

When we focus on our problems, they become the center of our attention. When we focus on God, He becomes the center of our attention. When He becomes the center of our attention, He can change our hearts and lives! (And isn’t that what we all want in the first place?)

How about you?  When you are seeking change in your life, how do you handle it? Do you focus most of your attention on the problem – or on God?

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6 thoughts on “Where Is Your Focus?

  1. Amy,

    I so needed to read this today. My focus has been more on the problem than going to the solution which is focusing on a big God rather than a small problem. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. I also needed to read this today. Even though I already know that I should focus on God instead of the situation or problem, it doesn’t always happen. Thank you for the reminder!

  3. I, too, need to hear this over and over. Perhaps it’s perfectionism again… He says be ye perfect as I am perfect and that is hard to understand when perfectionism is not what he is after…maybe you hit on it…be like Him by focusing on Him. Problems have tried to take over these past few days, but I look unto Him the Author and Finisher of my faith, the Glory and the Lifter of my head. Thanks Amy.

  4. Wow Amy! It’s like you read my mind with every post! 🙂 I too have been struggling with the persistent anxiety, and your story and advice has been very uplifting! I just need to refocus and re-evaluate where my mind goes, and spend some more time in prayer to heal/fix things! Thanks for another inspiring and comforting post 🙂 You are too awesome 🙂

  5. Thank you Amy, Over and over recently this comes up in reading and sermons so you r just another testimony! “By beholding we become changed!” (summation of 2nd Cor 3:18). and John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” John 1:29
    i believe it is also about surrendering our will to our Saviour’s will.

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