Have you ever wondered why the propane welder’s nozzle is usually sharp and pointed and not any other shape? It is pointed because it must direct the hot flame and heat oozing out from it to concentrate on a spot per time.
That is what makes it effective in welding and cutting of iron or steel. If the flame and heat is not concentrated in one spot but spread apart, this equipment may not be very effective for cutting and welding iron. This is what it takes to achieve any significant goal. FOCUS!
Are You Focused or Distracted?
What is your goal, what is your purpose, what do you intend to achieve? If you know it and focus on it, it will help you to avoid distractions and help you to concentrate. We live in a very distracted world and our attention can be drawn in different directions at the same time. If you are not focused, you won’t be able to achieve any meaningful thing.
Jesus understood this very well during His time on earth (Heb 12:2b). Because of the glory that was ahead of Him, He resisted all kinds of distractions and set His focus on what He came accomplish on earth – Redemption at Calvary (The Cross).
He came to die so that all of us can be saved if we believe in Him. (For this purpose I have come…) He understood clearly what His purpose was and He focused on it. He resisted the temptation when the crowds wanted to declare him king. He knew it was a distraction and He avoided it.
The Danger of Losing Focus
If you are not focused in your life, you will end up living a wasted life. You cannot be distracted in your life and expect to achieve any meaningful thing. How focused are you on the things you decided to accomplish at the beginning of the year?
The first quarter of the year has ended, where are you at concerning your goals? Have you gotten discouraged and forgotten about them, or you’ve lost focus and forgotten about your goals?
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Inseparable Conjoined Twins: Consistency and Focus
Consistency and focus are like inseparably conjoined twins in the lives of great achievers. It takes consistency to master a skill, and it takes discipline to be consistent in what you do. Jesus once again demonstrated this virtue excellently for us to emulate.
Different scriptures confirm that He always prayed, sometimes in solitary places alone. He had a routine of rising early while it was still dark to pray. He never took any day for granted hoping that His prayer for the previous day will be sufficient for that day.
Each new day was unique and He was consistent in prayer for every new day. He knew that there will be new challenges every day, He understood that there will be new distractions every day. He never forgot that the devil was always looking for an opportune time to come and tempt Him again after He failed the first time (Matt. 4:1-11). So He was always prepared in prayer so that He can withstand any trick or temptation of the devil.
The High Cost of Inconsistency
There is a risk of remaining unfulfilled because of unmet expectations and disappointments. The Bible has warned that anybody that wavers all the time should not expect to receive anything from God. (James 1:6-8). Jesus understood very well and never played with the discipline of being consistent.
The lack of consistency in your life maybe costing you so much. You cannot afford to be a Christian only on Sundays. You must remain distinct and consistent, changing all the time, or shifting positions will make you be like a wavering person that is tossed to and from in their belief.
Where do you stand today, what adjustments and commitments do you need to make to become focused and more consistent?
You can also accept Jesus in your life and maintain a consistent relationship with Him by saying this simple prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know You are the only way to God. So now I want to quit disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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