Ever feel like you’re losing focus? Doesn’t it seem, in our modern times, that it’s harder and harder to keep focus, with so many things clamoring for attention?
I somehow knew at the start of this school year (my husband is a teacher), that it was the start of a new season. Since “joining the church,” we are once again more involved with personal counseling and discipleship. Mario’s work hours have also changed, and things are a little upside down this year.
Making me feel, in so many ways, the need for greater focus.
Since that’s been happening in my daily Bible reading too, I decided perhaps it was time for a change. My reading is just not going as well this year, and although I was keeping up fine, I found myself reading almost by rote, out of habit. (And as a result, I’ve not really had a lot to share either.)
But God has given his Word as a gift. A gift for our times of need, a guide for our lives. And most of all as way to know him and better understand his heart. I don’t ever want to fall into the danger of reading just to check chapters off on a page.
So I went to one of my favorite Bible reading tools to choose a new plan. Deciding to also add more of the Gospels for a bit, which to me of all the books, draw me closest to God. They are, after all, the Word become flesh that walked among us. And still walks among us, in spirit, today. So for the next 45 days, I plan to read the Gospels through. And watch the The Gospel of John along with it.
But in reflecting on focus, I don’t feel spending less time on the blog has been a bad thing. Because I was falling into ruts.
And the longer we stay in them, the deeper ruts become. And the harder it is climbing out of them.
So I’m making changes. Working at becoming more active. A sedentary lifestyle is not good. It’s bad for our health, both physical and spiritual. Our Christian walk is just that — a walk. When we stop walking, it’s time to pinch ourselves awake again!
And working at reigniting passion for things that matter to me. Things like sewing, creating, and making. Living simply and caring for the earth. Reading and writing stories. Walking and gardening. Or spending time outdoors, at times, doing nothing. Simply learning to just “be”, to reclaim stillness, time for reflection and focus.
My daily walks and times in the garden have done so much for me. Taking my camera along helps me concentrate on the views and small details of everyday life that make our village life so interesting. It widens my vision, and makes me see how much I miss by staying cooped up in my house, in front of screens. Why do that, when I can get out into the lovely countryside that surrounds us? Like in the image, above!
So how’s your focus lately? If you need a new lens, try taking more time apart, rediscover stillness, and time for real reflection.
Let’s not let the false “urgency” of social media, smartphones, and internet interrupt connection — either connection to others or to our source of life.
I drove away from my mind everything capable of spoiling the sense of the presence of God…. I just make it my business to persevere in His holy presence… My soul has had an habitual, silent, secret conversation with God, (Brother Lawrence).
God is always communicating with us. But how well are we listening?
[Image taken behind our house, ©TheScorziellos-Mario]