How's this for irony...I'm having a hard time FOCUSing this morning, which is why this blog post is later than I planned.
FOCUS. To me focus means discipline, commitment, follow through, attention. When I find focus, it's amazing and powerful...it's the act of finding it that's so challenging for me. We live in a world filled with distractions. It's rare that I find myself doing one thing at a time (even now, I have the tv on, muted, while I'm writing this and I'm sure I'll toggle over to Facebook once or twice). Focus is hard. Focus is work.
There are a few activities in my life where I stop and give my complete focus.
1. Driving...although I listen to music or audiobooks, driving is dangerous and really requires my complete attention.
2. Reading...I am not able to read when there's noise around me. I need complete silence to get into that zone.
3. Writing...again, when I am creating a piece of writing I need the words to flow over me and through me. Distractions make it almost impossible to write well. (TV is off now.)
4. Praying...in the morning, I say a daily prayer as I am drying my hair. (OK, does this still count as focusing?!?!) Every single day. I try and BE the words and really stay present with them. As I pray throughout the day, I find focus within myself...even if I'm surrounded by chaos...to speak with God.
While I need to control the distractions around me, I also need to FOCUS on what's in front of me. Finding God around me in times of stress and joy and confusion...that helps me focus on my faith. My belief that I'm not going through this life alone.
I was searching for a scripture verse to help me write this morning and I found this from The Voice version of the Bible...