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January 24, 2018

The Power of a Singular Focus

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.” Hebrews 12:2a (MSG)

Contrary to what our culture suggests, multi-tasking doesn’t produce more results, happiness or fulfillment.  Studies and practical experience proves multi-tasking only produces more stress. Anyone who’s tried it knows.  The truth is that the more you narrow your focus, the more you broaden your life!  I call it One Thing Focus. 

Along with so many others, I’ve discovered that focusing on one thing reduces stress.  It takes the complex and makes it simple. One thing focus fosters success.  Narrowing your focus is the path to simplicity, and simplicity is the path to success.  And one thing focus increases power.  Light diffused is not very powerful, but when light is focused it becomes a laser with tremendous power.  These are just three of the benefits of a singular focus.  Understanding the power of a singular focus, the writer of Hebrews says: 

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”  Hebrews 12:2a (MSG)  

Other translations use the phrase “… fixing our eyes on Jesus.”  When we keep our eyes on Him, we find ourselves less distracted by the world and temptations around us.  When we fix our eyes on Him, we discover the one thing that’s necessary in life – Love!  God not only loves, He is love!  In 1 Corinthians 14, after a long discussion on spiritual gifts, the Apostle Paul wrote, 

“Let love be your greatest aim….”  1 Corinthians 14:1 (TLB)

What is your greatest aim in life?  That’s what you’re focused on.  If you’re experiencing more stress, less joy and little fulfillment in life, perhaps the problem is your focus.  I love the words of an old hymn I grew up hearing so often.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

If you want to broaden your life, narrow your focus.  Fix your eyes on Jesus. He began and finished the race we’re in.  He is love!  When our eyes are focused on Him, our greatest aim will be love!