I find it is so easy in the busyness of daily life to feel overwhelmed or ineffective. In a time where distraction is constant, it is paramount for us to focus on what is in front of us and to place priority on the things we have been set to do. God always puts something in our hand – whether big or small, there is always something we each have purpose for. For some it may be family, a career, ministry, finances, passions or a mixture of a few. I love that He sees such value in each of us that He would trust us with something of importance to Him to steward, accomplish and nurture. The challenge we face, however, is not becoming distracted by things that are out of our control or in another’s hand.
"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others." 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
I have found the times where I have most come undone is when I have become distracted by another’s business, a task or situation that is out of my control, or have gotten involved in things that are beyond me. I love this instruction to live a humble and quiet life; not being quiet in voice or spirit but walking with His peace and stillness. It also tells us to be diligent with what we have been given and to not allow ourselves to become distracted, particularly by other’s matters. It speaks of the power of focus. John Carmack puts simply:
“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.”
In order for us to fully commit to the things that God has placed before us, we need to say ‘no’ to what can distract us. That may be a practical thing such as an opportunity or an extra workload, but so often it can be within our thought life. It’s things we choose not to think about, things we have to choose not to get offended by, or worries we choose not to give into.
So what is in your hand? What are you called to be focusing on?
Go forth in strength and diligence, giving it all that you have.
About Olivia Connell
Olivia has been a member of C3 Church Oxford Falls for almost 10 years and was raised in a Christian home is Sydney. She is passionate about seeing people empowered to live out their God given destiny and walking closely with Him. Olivia is the Connect Pastor of C3 Youth while also working as Senior School Chaplain at OFGS.