Adjust/Change Your Focal Point
I remember the first time I used a 35mm camera with automatic focus. I thought to myself, this is going to be easier than manual focus. I was in for quite a surprise. I was setting up a shot and every time I made a position adjustment the focus would change. I just could not figure out how I was bumping the camera and changing the focus. I was not bumping anything. When I moved the camera the automatic focal point changed and as a result the automatic focus changed to fit with the new focal point.
Our lives are similar. We get into habits and ruts that channel our thinking. Our desire is to accomplish our plan. A plan to make us happy, accomplish our goal. We face a problem and just cannot seem to find a solution. We get discouraged and allow that discouragement to cloud all of our thinking. Before long we are feeling negative about life in general. We find ourselves in a huge funk that affects everything. It impacts our job performance, our relationships, even our attitude in traffic.
Our focal point is skewed and as a result our lives are out of focus. If we want a clear focused life we need to change our focal point. We need to stop thinking about self and turn our focus to God. Psalm 29 offers some real insight.
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his [Lord with the splendor of] holiness. [Psalm 29.1-2 (NIV)]
The Psalmist, David, tells us that the appropriate focus is the Lord God. It is amazing. When our focus is in the right subject everything else falls into focus. David ends with some good news:
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood [flood of all creation]; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. [Psalm 29.10-11 (NIV)]
The good news is God is on our side. He wants us to have success in all we do to His glory. He imparts to us His strength and His peace.
Take a risk and change your focal point to the Living God revealed in Jesus Christ. I can promise that you will not be sorry. Recently, someone said, “If you want to hear God’s voice, read the Bible out loud.” Change your focal point!