Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Keeping focused can be a challenge. Whether it’s studying for an exam, taking mental notes during a key meeting, or following through on a plan of action, it’s easy to get distracted if we start looking around at other things.
I am reminded of an interview I once heard from a member of a successful international circus act. He made his living by walking a thin wire rope at the top of the circus tent — a feat that required a lot of focus. When asked about the development of his skill and the dangers of his chosen profession, the young man stated, “My grandpa started me out on a wire rope suspended two feet above the ground. After falling off several times, he had me concentrate on the end of the rope rather than my feet. By looking forward to where I would eventually end up, I was able to keep good balance and eliminate my falls.”
As believers, we too can be distracted by fear and doubt, measuring every step with uncertainty. When we keep our eyes on Christ, on His strength and faithfulness, like Peter, we can “walk on water”. But the minute we look at the wind current of life, we will sink… or fall.
The author of Hebrews reminds us to persevere, focusing on what lies ahead: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1–2a)
How easily we get off track, when our focus strays from Christ. The Christian life is pictured as a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal is to be consistent and diligent in our faith and daily walk. Endurance is that steady determination that keeps us going, regardless of the temptations to slow down or give up.
As we face each day, let’s keep our eyes on the end of the wire and look to the future… a future full of hope and promise. Let’s walk steadily and fearlessly through the “entanglements” in life, focusing on the “joy” set before us. God is good; He has an eternal plan that includes us. We’re in a battle, on a great mission, and in the end, we will rejoice with Christ in His glorious victory!
Next time fear and trials grip your spirit focus upon these verses:
“I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.” (Psalm 145:4)
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever—” (Psalm 138:7–8a)
“I looked up and saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.” (Revelation 6:2 NLT)
Suggestion for Prayer
Consider God’s love, His faithfulness, His wonderful miracles, His glorious splendor, and the future He has promised you.
Jim Grassi, D. Min.