Deeper Day 300: Focus

Whatever you focus on the most will be the thing that you move toward. We know this statement is true, we learned it as children. Whether riding a bike or driving a car, you must maintain focus on where you are going, not where you don’t want to go.

Why is it then, that in life so many of us are hyper-focused on all the bad things and the “don’t do’s”?

If all you do is think about and talk about negative things, then how can you expect goodness? It seems obvious to me that in order to find goodness, you must pursue it.

Be honest, when you wake up each morning, do you wake with joy in your heart and anticipation of good things? Or do you wake up dreading the day? The answer to this question is very important.

Likewise, when you interact with people throughout the day, do you focus on the negative parts of those encounters or on positives? Do you allow one negative thing to throw your whole day into a tailspin and begin proclaiming that it’s just “a crappy day”?

We can’t control many things in life, but we can control our responses.

Today, I challenge you to intentionally choose joy and optimism. Lay aside the heavy garment of pessimism and disappointment and decide to believe the best. Believe the best about God. Believe the best about your spouse and children. Believe the best about your co-workers and church family. Simply choose to believe that those around you have a good motive, whether they do or not. Because something fantastic can happen when you begin to believe the best about those around you…they will begin to give you the best! You get what you look for. If you are looking at and for negatives, then that’s largely what you’ll find. If you look for something good and positive, then you’ll begin to receive much more of it.

The choice is yours. The responsibility is also yours. Nobody can “make” you have a bad day, but you. You, alone. It’s not anyone else’s fault or responsibility. Only you can decide what kind of day you have. That’s the good and bad part of it, it’s up to you…some people will read that statement and think, “That’s not fair or true. I can’t have a good day with (insert excuse here).” Sorry friend, but that statement is a lie. You absolutely can have a good day no matter what. It all begins and ends in your heart. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. That is also true of how you act. Out of the overflow of your heart, you act.

None of us is perfect in our daily responses but we can all make headway toward doing better.

Prayer Moment: God, please guard my heart and mind so I respond to daily inconveniences better. Help me to choose joy. Help me to always be on the lookout for Your goodness and kindness. I believe You are as good as You say You are, so help me live like that. Teach me Your ways, God. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  Psalm 34:14-17