These days it seems harder and harder to maintain our focus on what matters most. I’m writing this while we are still in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We still face an uncertain future in that we don’t know when our businesses can open up around the world and when we can sort of get back to “normal” life.
It’s no wonder we can’t maintain our focus.
Some of you may be homeschooling your kids while trying to work from home yourself. Others of you may be taking care of loved ones and are afraid this virus is going to take the life of someone close to you. And still others are having a hard time with the stay at home measures put in place where you live because you don’t know anyone personally who has had the virus. It all seems very removed from your daily life. You just want to get back to real life.
I know. I get it because I’m experiencing some of these same things in my own life. While I’ve enjoyed some extra time to pursue a few of my goals, it has been hard to stay focused. Every day new information and sometimes new restrictions change our lives. The uncertainty is definitely taking a toll on all of us.
So, imagine my surprise (not really) when I pulled out my list of topics for Scripture Writing Plans that I created in December of 2019 and noticed that the topic for May was Focus. I don’t believe it is coincidence by any stretch of the imagination. I believe God was directing me to this topic because He knew we would need a shift in our focus this month.
Colossians 3:1-2 reminds us where our focus should be no matter what circumstances we may face.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Our focus should always be on what God wants for us. He doesn’t want us to worry about everything in life. Especially things that we have no control over. In fact, we are supposed to think about things that will help us to develop a more Christ-like character.
I hope that you will join me for this month’s Scripture Writing Plan. There are many verses in Psalms that share the psalmist’s view of God and his recognition that his focus should always be on the Lord. You will learn practical ways to focus your thoughts on heavenly things. And you will come to understand that when we focus on God, then we are focusing on the right thing.
Visit the Scripture Writing Plan page to download the current month’s plan. You will also have the opportunity to access the Scripture Writing Plan Archives to download plans with other topics.