Day 11 Keep Your Camera in Focus

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it and it will not be taken away from her.” 

Do you ever get so focused on the grocery list for snacks for your upcoming trip that you forget to buy things for tonight’s dinner? Or what about making sure the bicycles are perfectly tuned, the trails are plotted, and the water bottles are loaded, but you forget all the helmets? 

Luke 10:41-42

I find myself in this kind of situation too often. I’m smart enough to remember bikes and helmets, but I don’t. I plan for dinner every day and then I totally space it. I’m finding that it’s not so much a matter of smarts as it is a matter of focus. Too much focus on one thing means neglect of another. And sometimes that accidental neglect has pretty serious consequences, especially when you’re doing something specifically to honor God.

As endeavors grow in size, so too do the opportunities to make focus errors. Clear goals, detailed plans, praying, and staying in constant communication with God is critical to success in anything we aspire to do. We set some exciting goals a year ago with Not Just a Building (NJAB), and the last year has been a lot of planning. Even as you read this, we shift from planning into doing and we’ll soon see the fruits of careful efforts to balance focus both in the NJAB Project and Believers’ continued day-to-day commitment to make Jesus number one, one person at a time. As ministry plans and your walk with Jesus progress, let’s take a moment to thank God for His gifts, and ask Him to hone our abilities to focus.

God, thank you for the presence of your Holy Spirit, which guides us in all our efforts to glorify you and introduce people to your son, Jesus. Please equip us with continued discernment and balanced focus in all our efforts within Believers Church ministries and NJAB, as well as what we do outside church walls. May we be useful in accomplishing your great plans, and remember to give you all the credit.