Walking a Straight Line
“…but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and focusing on what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.” (Philippians 3:13-15)
A good friend, John Saddler, recently posed a question to me, “Have you ever attempted to walk in a straight line while looking at your feet?” Try this on a beach so you can look back at your footprints. You’ll probably be surprised at how crooked your path is. But if you fix your eyes on something far away, each step will point in that direction – toward that focal point.
This is so true in our lives. When we are looking to the past or down “at our feet”, we tend to drift off course. But when we focus our sight on the desired goal, our decisions, our actions, and our thoughts lead us in the direction of our desired goal.
When Peter jumped out of the boat to walk towards Jesus on the water, he did fine as long as he was looking at Jesus. It wasn't until he looked down at the stormy waters that he began to sink.
What we focus on in our lives is of utmost importance. If we want to reach the end of the race and receive the prize, we must focus on the finish line. Be encouraged – get your eyes up and focus on the goal!