Restoring Our Focus

RestoringFocus.2013William Hinson explains why animal trainers carry a stool when they go
into a cage of lions. They have their whips, of course, and their pistols are at their sides. But invariably they also carry a stool. Hinson says it’s the most important tool of the trainer. He holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. He maintains that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented

When I heard that story I thought describes our society today that has lost focus on what is really important in life. Things like virtue. Honor. Integrity. Spiritual values. And because we are all influenced by our culture, it impacts the Christian community. Instead of seeking to transform culture through Christ, it is often easy to become conformed.

To help us stay focused the church where I preach in Kansas City, Missouri, has our as our theme this year: RESTORING OUR FOCUS. Why? Because, it’s easy for Christians to forget who we are. Why we are here. And what our purpose is about.

There are so many things that can cloud our focus, divide our attention and dim our spiritual vision.

(1) Sin may have blinded us.
Christians sin? Yes! We are not perfect just pardoned! The Bible warns us about sin affecting our spiritual vision.

“But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (I John 2:11) Darkness or sin will blind our eyes and cause us to lose focus.

We have heard the statement he is “blind with jealousy.” Or “blind rage.” Sins of disposition such as anger, bitterness, and lack of forgiveness blind us to God’s way.

(2) Our Vision may be clouded by cares of this world
Business concerns, family, activities, and personal interests can cloud our vision of spiritual things. Just trying to make it in this world can consume our time, effort and energy to the point where we fail to see beyond the world’s smog.

Jesus also warned about the “cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches” (Matt 13:22-23). They can divert our focus. Blur our vision. Choke out the Word. And cause us to become unfruitful.

(3) We may have lost sight of our goal.
How often do we get caught up in the circumstances around us and lose sight of the goal? Rick Warren was right when he wrote, “Vision is the ability to see the opportunities within your current circumstances.”

Circumstances don’t have to be bad to divert our attention. Sometimes good fortune can lead us away from our values. All circumstances, good or bad, have the potential to help us on our spiritual journey. To draw us closer to God. To focus our attention on “the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls” (2 Peter 1:9).

(4)Emotional Distractions may have us focused on the wrong things.
Worry is a huge distraction . Worry saps our energy, weakens our resolve and dims our focus. In His Mountain Message Jesus said “don’t worry about tomorrow.”
Fear keeps us from focusing. Fear makes the thing we fear bigger than it is really is. Jesus says to us , “Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”
Discouragement can deflect our focus. Quit looking on outward things and focus on inward things. (2 Cor 4:16-18)

Have you have allowed your spiritual focus to become clouded, blurred, or even totally lost? Then join us in this quest to restore focus! Where to begin?

The Psalmist said, Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law”
(Ps 119:18) God’s Word will restore spiritual sight to those blinded by sin, lift the fog that is obscuring your vision and enlighten your spiritual eyes.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

Additional Resource
For the first eight weeks this year, I will be presenting sermons at the Hickman Mills church regarding the right focus. You can visit the church website to hear these lessons. For last Sunday’s New Year’s sermon, follow this link.


Filed under Focus, Goals, New Year

4 responses to “Restoring Our Focus

  1. What a rich topic for a sermon series. The emotional distraction section really spoke to me. I am grateful I was able to be a part of it! (Thanks to the Ultimate Blog Challenge!) Its great to meet you.

  2. Hi Ken
    What a wonderful post, it was so moving, we all tend to lose focus at some point and it is good to stop and think about what we are doing and then re-focus to continue our journey.
    Thanks for sharing

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