“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” – Hebrews 12:1-2
I am so easily distracted.
The attention span of a goldfish at times. That distracted.
Actually, as I am attempting to write this, I find myself day dreaming, looking out the window, watching the snow fall, wondering, thinking to myself — distracted.
So thankful that Jesus is gentle and gracious with me.
There are so many things in life that can be distractions. It’s the world we live in. It’s our generation. We’re always on to the next thing. We’re always on our phones, texting, reading, watching, talking to people, walking, and eating all at the same time; never giving our attention to any one of those things fully. We call it multitasking, but is it more just living a distracted life?
In the last couple months I have become more aware of my distractions and my tendencies to be distracted. Becoming aware of how dangerous distractions can be, how satan doesn’t have to take me out of the game. He just has to distract me, and I’m finished.
It’s easy for me to focus on so many other things, but my focus has to be on Jesus; laying aside everything that entangles me. Things that entangle me don’t have to be referring to sin, they are anything that keeps me from running hard after Jesus. My distractions aren’t necessarily bad things. I can be distracted by my work, church, relationships, building community, dreams, the future. But all of those things take my focus off of Jesus. When our focus isn’t on Jesus, we’re done. Reality is, it’s all about Jesus. It’s all for Jesus. Life is not about what I do. My life is not about my work or my relationships. It’s not about the church or my future. It’s not about what I may or may not do in the future. It’s about Jesus. It’s about the King and His Kingdom.
When we focus on Jesus, when we’re enamored by Him, captivated by Him, He is all we see. When we see Jesus, and have revelation of who He is, the radiance of God’s glory, everything else fades away. When we know who Jesus is, that He is love, He is holy, wise, faithful, forgiving, powerful, gracious, unchanging, we can trust; trust that Jesus knows. Jesus sees. Jesus is here, and He is more than enough. When we know who we are in Jesus; chosen, cherished, dearly loved, adopted as sons and daughters, we can rest secure. When we focus on Jesus we are able to run, with endurance, because it is the grace of God that sustains us.
So today, choose to focus on one thing, Jesus. Lay aside anything that entangles you. Run with endurance.