Our lives are so full of opportunities, it's easy to become overwhelmed. To try to do everything. And when we do that, it's easy to lose focus on the most important things.
Maybe you're wondering about that right now.
Are YOU focusing on the most important thing?
I know this is a common problem in the United States because there are people selling solutions to the problem all over the place. There are entire books dedicated to focusing on “The One Thing” or “Essentialism.”
I think our culture drives this. We take the “shotgun” approach to life.
We're so worried about missing out or falling short of our callings, gifts, or abilities, that we are constantly trying to do more, to be more involved, to give more, and more.
And in some ways, that's a good thing. But too much of a good thing can put us out of balance. Especially when we become unfocused or distracted.
We're driving along at a zillion miles per hour with three maps in front of us and only one eye on the road. We're getting somewhere fast. It might be the right place. But it just as likely might not. And all the while, we could be leaving a trail of dead bodies or missed opportunities behind us.
It can apply to ANY area of our lives
This can apply to our finances. It can apply to how we spend our time. It can apply to how we approach our work or our ministries. It can apply to our families. It might even apply to our quiet times with God.
I know that sometimes I struggle with this kind of thing with the Engaging Missions Show. I am constantly trying to grow and provide the best guests for you and also the best possible audience for my guests.
They have amazing stories that we need to hear. And they need to be heard and loved.
But it's so easy to get distracted. In my efforts, I can try out new segments. I can look for ways to improve audio quality or my skills as an interviewer. I can look for help in marketing and social media.
And none of those are bad things unless I lose focus on the two most important things.
Or the thing that's REALLY most important, as Erin Paul reminded us.
The most important thing is just bringing glory to God.
— Erin Paul
It's easy to get distracted
It's so easy to get distracted by lesser goals. By less important things.
As a host and podcast producer, I can chase unicorns and rainbows. I can look for pots of gold and four-leafed clovers.
Or I can focus on what matters: Glorifying God by producing a quality show that showcases His stories in the lives of our guests, deepens our connections with them, and inspires, equips, and challenges us to live our calling wherever we are.
That doesn't mean I can't try things out.
I experiment all the time.
But I have to remain grounded in the things that matter most. I have to use those priorities to make my decisions – even if going a different direction might be easier, faster, more fun, or appear to have better results.
That doesn't mean we can't try things out. But we always have to remain grounded to the things that are most important.
And it's the same for all of us.
If there's an area that you're wondering about – your calendar, your bank statement, your passions – take a look at it.
Are you focusing on what's most important?
What about your life overall? Is your focus on bringing glory to God?
And if you don't like the answers, take a minute to ask God what you should do about it.
And then do it.