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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NET
Focus. Focus is a challenging thing. Distraction is easy,
but focus is hard. Something I deeply appreciate is being in a circle of
parents as kids play under supervision in the distance when the crying starts.
No matter the depth of the conversation every parent suddenly perks up. Each
focus on the sound for a second. Without being in eyesight all know whether
that sound is coming from one of their own kids. That is focus. The ability to
pierce through everything else and know something without a doubt.
When Paul wraps his letter to the Philippians he begins by speaking about focus. Focus comes from training thoughts. When we think on specific things we begin to find ourselves moving in certain directions. Parents, as just mentioned, develop a focus for the voice and the cry of their children. Paul, found that focusing on the things of God made any circumstance (and he’s about to list off plenty of good/bad circumstances) bearable because the focus wasn’t on the condition, but rather on God.
Reflect/discuss: What has been occupying most of your focus recently?
Is what has been occupying your focus bigger than God?
In what ways do you need to train your thinking toward so that the God of peace will be with you?