“Whatever you focus on determines your peace. Whatever you focus on diminishes all your other distractions.” Ron Carpenter Jr.
Think about how much you think about. Think about how many thoughts enter the medium known as your mind. How do you navigate it? I think it comes down to focus. How do you navigate it well? I think it comes down to intense focus.
If you focus enough heat you can make flames.
Did you catch that? Concentrated heat creates flames. If you want to start a fire, you can’t just imagine one. You have to get the brush, the materials and the flame going. It’s not that the potential to make fire isn’t there, it’s often that the potential has not simmered enough to create impact. Before the fire the potential has not yet become potent.
Picture this. The sun is shining and it’s a hot, humid day. What you want to do is create a fire using something odd; a magnifying glass. All of the potential you need is in your hands and in the sky: the magnifying glass, the sun and your ability to focus it so that the sun catches a concentrated amount of heat. Then you can focus that sunlight onto tinder and watch it catch fire!
Are you tracking with me?
Yet the very thing that channels the heat into a flame is the focus of the heat. The very thing that wades the waves is the sailor at sea. The focused one. The one with the sails.
It’s not that I lack peace but that I often lack focus to sense the peace I’ve already been given.
It’s not that I lack drive, it’s that I often lack the focus to drive away distractions.
It’s not that I lack breakthrough, it’s that I often don’t allow victory to break through and bleed through me.
It’s not that I lack foresight, it’s that I often don’t use insight to catch sight of it.
It’s not that I lack joy, it’s that I often lack the discipline to see it in the midst of giants.
“Peace I leave you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your hearts not be troubled, nor let them be afraid.” -Jesus in John 14:27 ESV (Emphasis added)
There is a peace that fits within the world’s understanding or there is a peace that surpasses the world’s understanding of it. Jesus offers that one.
There is a heart troubled by the waves of life and one that sees Jesus in the waves. Seek Him for Him and you will find everything you never imagined you could have.
January 10th, 2019