Most people, at some point in their lives have “over indulged” in alcohol. While under the influence…Even the smallest of tasks is difficult, if not down right impossible. It makes you stumble, bumble and crumble. Words are slurred, vision blurred and eventually, the only thing you are capable of focusing on is the task of making the world around you stop spinning. It’s disruptive and we can loose days struggling to recover. Not a pretty sight.
In this journey of life, we go through times when things cause our focus to fade…fear, anger, grief, loss, betrayal…the list goes on. Remember in Matthew 25 when the disciples were in the boat…Jesus asked Peter to “come”. Peter did but the minute he gave into his fear and took his eyes off Christ he sank like a rock. Instead, we are instructed to focus on the things of God…
Hebrews 12:2(MSG) Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
Philippians 4:8(AMP) For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
And hold fast to the practice of our faith…
Phillipians 4:9(AMP) Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.
Hebrews 10:23(AMP) So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
When we don’t give place to the distractions, but keep focused on Christ, we, in astounding clarity, see everything in focus.
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. ~ Helen H. Lemmel