Being Intentionally Focused: Part One

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How often do you intentionally focus on the task at hand?  Take a second to think about it.  I’ll wait. 🙂

For me, it’s rare.  While I’m cooking supper I’m thinking about what I need to get done before bed.  While I’m reading a book I’m easily distracted by whatever is going on around me.  During prayer my mind is prone to wander.  While I’m listening to my daughter sometimes I’m trying to check my email as well.  While I read blog posts — that would certainly bless me — I skim over them, just trying to glean the “important stuff” from them.

Life throws so many distractions at us.  We get so busy doing everything that we end up just being busy for the sake of being busy.   We thrive on it.  For a little while.  But the busyness always seems to lead to stress, frazzled nerves, unhappiness, loss of relationships and a whole host of other things.

What would your life be like if you were intentionally focused?

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Good Morning Girls began a new Bible study this week called “Intentionally Focused”.  {P.S. There is still time to get into it.  Just head on over to their site to find out more if you’re interested.  They have study materials, videos, virtual study groups and related blog posts — all for free.}  When I signed up I really wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.  I’m in my own study on the Proverbs 31 woman and wasn’t sure I wanted to give that up.

I was wrong.  I needed this one so much more.

I have learned so much about myself this week.  Some of it was hard to admit.  But you can’t change if you have a proud heart and an unwilling spirit.  Between this study and a book I’m reading, Christianish (affiliate link), God has really been dealing with me.

Here are some of the things God has shown me this week:

  1. I am an imitator.  We have a desire to imitate those we admire.  Some teens want to be like the latest big hit celebrity; some adults imitate their boss.  We were made to imitate the One who created us.  He is the only one who will never let us down. 
  2. I need to evaluate my time.  How do I spend my time?  Is it on things that truly matter or do I waste it on unimportant frivolities?  I’m not saying that I should be busy all the time.  In fact, I’m saying the exact opposite.  I should weed out the things that don’t matter so I can be more intentional about the things that do:  studying God’s Word, serving Him, serving my family, and doing His will.
  3. Doing what is right is hard; stop whining and suck it up.  It’s easy to get off track and to want to quit.  It’s easy to get lazy.  But we are called to persevere (Hebrews 12:1).  It’s not easy.  It’s not pretty.  It’s a wearying, grueling, and definitely not always fun.  But if we keep our eyes where they should be — on Jesus — we can finish the race.
  4. The past doesn’t matter.  Sure, you should learn from it.  But the sins that you have done and have already been forgiven for —  just let.them.go.  On the flip side, past virtuous deeds, accomplishments or achievements in the ministry need to be let go as well.  What matters is how you live your life from this moment forward.

Being intentionally focused isn’t something we just do in our spiritual lives.  We should be intentionally focused in all areas of our lives.  I should be intentionally focused on my husband, my children, my friendships, my family, my housework, my service to others, homeschooling, or anything else that I am called (or need) to do.

Ooh, how I wish it were easy.  But there really are no shortcuts in this.  I will fail.  Miserably at times, I’m sure.  But like it says in Hebrews 12, I must “run with perseverance the race marked out” for me.

So really, I didn’t give up the study on the Proverbs 31 woman.  I think she is intentionally focused in her life, and maybe being intentional is a good foundation for becoming more like the Proverbs 31 woman.

This is linked up at:

womanhoodwithpurpose    Essential-Fridays-e1357901887146    raising arrows

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9 responses »

  1. Hi
    I am following you from Essential Fridays. Excellent post. Yes, we do fail. But if we are headed in the right direction and we do focus on Him – it will be good. I thank you for your faithfulness. And I am sure God is smiling and smiling at your choice of studies.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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  3. This is great – I am so convicted that living intentionally is an important foundation stone.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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