How’s Your Focus?
Focus, commitment, and dedication lead to achievement. These first three words lead us to where we want to be. But for the achievement to take reign, focus, commitment, and dedication must be the driving force. For when we look carefully at people who obtain high achievements it is clear that focus, commitment, and dedication is the key.
Famous tenor singer, Luciano Pavarotti related this in an interview with Guidepost magazine some years ago. He said his father, a baker, introduced him to the wonders of song and urged him to work very hard to develop his voice. A professional tenor, Arrigo Pola, in Pavarotti’s hometown of Modena, Italy agreed to take him as a pupil. In addition, he also enrolled in a teacher’s college.
Pavarotti said that upon graduating, he asked his father, ”Shall I be a teacher or a singer?” His father replied, ”Luciano if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair.” Pavarotti chose one chair. It took 7 years of study, and frustration before he made his first professional appearance. It then took another seven to reach the Metropolitan Opera. It is clear that whatever we chose to do it is only through focus, commitment, and dedication that we will find achievement. Like Pavarotti, we must choose only one chair.
God also instructs us to choose only one chair. In Moses’ third address he too speaks of the grave necessity of focus, commitment, and dedication. In Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses challenges Israel to make a choice between life and death urging them to choose life by making the choice to obey God.
His Will, Work, and Words
It is only God’s will, work, and words that are the permanent things in life. For all other things will disappear. He desires great blessings for His people but gives us the choice to follow Him. It is through the sacrifice of His own Son that God’s provides for us the examples of focus, commitment, and dedication. And it only through His Son that we can find life.
The things of this world are meaningless without Him. We must focus, commit, and dedicate our lives to the only one that provides life. Everything else is meaningless for His Word remains forever. It is the only chair to choose, for as Pavarotti’s father said, you cannot sit in two chairs because you will fall between the two.
But the Word of the Lord remains forever. And that Word is the Good News that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:25 (NLT)
Knowing When to Jump
It is sometimes difficult to choose just one chair and too often we do attempt to sit on both. But that balance just doesn’t work and you must make the choice that isn’t fatal.
The Wide World of Sports, television program, opened for many years with the chilling illustration of showing what they deemed as the agony of defeat. This painful depiction showed a skier who appears in good form as he heads down the jump and then for no clear reason, he tumbles head over heels off the side of the jump, bouncing off the supporting structure down to the snow below. But it is the behind scene story that shows the focus, commitment, and dedication that the skier presented that prevented a most likely fatal ending to his life.
What the viewers didn’t know was that the skier chose to fall rather than finish the jump. Unbeknown to all, but the focused skier, is that the jumping surface became too fast, and midway down the ramp, he realized that if he completed the jump he would land on the level ground, beyond the safe sloping landing area. This landing would most likely be fatal. In the ending, the world saw as defeat the skier suffered no more than a headache from the tumble.
Refocus, Commit, and Dedicate Your Life Forever
It is difficult to change one’s course in life and this course may be dramatic and painful, but it is better than a fatal landing at the end. Turning to God and seeking the things that last forever also prevents a fatal landing at the end. Remembering that the things of this world will fade away is of utmost importance in choosing life over death.
By refocusing, committing, and dedicating our life to Christ; our time, money, and energy are clearly seen in our eternal life given only through and in Christ. The world is unreliable and its opinion changes constantly, but the Word of God is constant and unchanging. It is in recognizing that only in His Word we find lasting solutions to our problems and needs.
Find your challenge in focusing to seek only the things of God, choosing one chair over both. Allow your convictions to take over trusting fully in only the permanent things of eternal over the wavering things of this world. Motivate yourself in the knowledge that the unstable world will fade away, but the permanent world of eternity stands ready for you. Find comfort in the fact that God cares and loves you so much that He focuses on you providing another and better way of life that will free you from the problems and needs of the world you live in.
Won’t you focus, commit, and dedicate your life to Him, today?
Love in Christ,
The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so, it is with people. Isaiah 40:7 (NLT)
What are Your Thoughts?
What do you focus on? Where is your commitment placed? Who do you dedicate your life to? Share your thoughts on the importance of sitting in only one chair and the importance of focusing on the forever things of life.