September 16, 2014

Wrong Focus

Daily I try to spend some time focusing only on God and trying to see the miracles that happen around me daily.  This keeps me focused on Him and His moves on my behalf.  As a result I do not have the time or inclination to focus on the things that go wrong everyday.  Just as His Word says “there are more here for me than against me”, I believe that there is more going right for me than is going wrong, even if I cannot see it.

This attitude keeps my mind healthy. I am living in Philippians where I keep my mind on whatever is pure, of good report, etc. Too often the wrong focus causes us to miss the great thing happening right in front of our eyes.  Because we are so angered, for example, by the driver moving ever so slowly in front of us, we miss the fact that were we able to drive faster, it might have been us in the accident further up the road.

As a photographer, focus is very important to me.  Setting the camera’s focus on the wrong thing, or person sharpens what I really don’t want to see and blurs that which I really want to emphasize.  Yet if I take the time to set my focus properly, I get a perfect picture every time.

Which brings me to the Pharisees in Luke 5:17.  They were so concerned that the man was carrying his mat on the Sabbath, that it totally missed them that here was a man walking who had been lame for 38 years.  This man was so lame that he could not even crawl to the pool when the angel stirred the waters of Bethseda, much more to stand and carry his mat!!  I wondered why did they not recognize him? I guess It is a different perspective looking at someone face to face as opposed to seeing them lying at your feet.  Again it has to do with our focus.

In the Gospel according to John, Jesus heals a man who has been blind from birth and again the Pharisees missed the great miracle because of their wrong focus. Their concern? “Who healed you on the Sabbath?” The lens weren’t lined up right at all.

How is your vision?

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Sylvia M Dallas

Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ.  Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.

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2 Comments on “Wrong Focus

Michelle D.
September 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

Amen .. thank you my sister.. I needed to be reminded that I need to focus more on the good He has done for me. Amen

Margo M
September 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Amen indeed. Too often we neglect to notice and commend on a good deed because we are too focused on the wrong points.


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