Losing Focus

I have a continual struggle.  Well, I have many of them, all relatively small compared to others’ struggles in life.  But one in particular bothers me.

I struggle with losing focus. 

And no, it’s not a problem with my vision.

It’s my letting the outside world take over
my focus on Jesus.

My heart’s desire is to be continually focused on Him.
But . . .

Memories of young motherhood offer a good way to describe it.  I remember how when I would just have everything ready to tackle a chore, or prepare a meal, or to get a breather . . . there would be a cry, a question, a complaint, a something!

Couldn’t I just get one thing done without being interrupted?  And it seemed I never could.

Well, today those interruptions are grown up interruptions . . . the computer, social media, my writing life, still the household tasks.  And I let them get in the way of my relationship with Jesus.  In the way of taking the time to spend a few minutes with Him each day.

In Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, today’s devotional speaks to this very issue:

Do not be discouraged by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me.  I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually.  This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life.

* * *

You live in a world that has been rigged to distract you.  Each time you plow your way through the massive distractions to communicate with Me, you achieve a victory.”

[Scriptures for today’s devotional in Jesus calling are Romans 8:33-34 and Hebrews 4:14-16]

What a comfort it is to know Jesus understands!  Oh, this doesn’t in any way give me permission to ignore the need to communicate or spend time with Him . . . it is His way of letting me know He sees my struggle, and He loves me in spite of my struggle.

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Do you struggle with losing your focus on Him?  If so, would you share how you handle this?

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2 thoughts on “Losing Focus

    • Anita, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. It is comforting to learn that others suffer this struggle of maintaining focus. Yes, oh Jesus, help me to get better!

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