After writing today, (you know, the old fashioned way with pen and paper) I found myself holding my pen out in front of me, staring at it. I then, still holding the pen out, began to focus on other things such as to the left, to the right, and far ahead. After a minute or so of this, I made an impossible attempt to focus on two things at once—such as the pen and whatever was to the left, the pen and whatever was to the right, the pen and whatever was behind it, etc. I was especially intrigued by the fact that I couldn’t focus on the pen without what was far behind it becoming a blur and vice versa.
It got me to thinking about focusing on God. God is big. To get some perspective, just keep in mind that He is bigger than the universe and outside the constrictions of time. Now, imagine that the pen is the here-and-now. If our focus is on the here-and-now, our focus on God immediately gets fuzzy. Then, if our focus is on God, the here-and-now becomes a blur.
The here-and-now is so, so tiny compared to God and eternity. That is not to say it is not important–every moment is precious–but it is not where our focus should be.
Our life on earth is so unpredictable. We can–and should–lay out our plans for the future, but we shouldn’t rely on them. God, on the other hand, is reliable, unchanging, and–well, pretty predictable. We know one day time will be rolled up and those who devoted their lives to Christ will be given eternal life with Him…and this is where our focus should be.
When our focus is on God, there is a major shift in what truly matters. Instead of wanting our dream house we want others to become a part of God’s house. Our deepest craving will be for more of God instead of our favorite junk food. Our hope will be in the Lord, not our success on earth. We will truly be able to say, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”
Philippians 1:20-24 NIV