Dare to Live with New Focus
I’m in a book study this summer looking at the book, “The Faith Dare: 30 Days to Live Your Life to the Fullest.” It’s a 30-day devotional and each day has a “dare” for you to do. Some dares have been: “Dare to ask God for a new heart” “Dare to renew your mind in God’s Word” “Dare to live like you belong to God.” One that caught my eye was day 18, “Get Out of the Funk: Dare to Live with New Focus.” The author, Debbie Alsdorf, talks about how easily we can get ourselves into a funk. Your day starts out fine and then, before you know it, you find yourself in a funk with no way to get out of it. Stress and anxiety over a situation or a relationship seem to take off in your mind and heart leaving you out of focus. Funk is defined as a cowering fear or a dejected mood. A funk always begins with a focus problem. We move our eyes off of Jesus onto the problem and can easily get swallowed up in it.
I have had a focus problem lately, literally. For about the past month my eyes have been very itchy and full of “gunk.” I have wracked my brain wondering if something has gone wrong with my Lasik surgery or my eye makeup was causing it – I was stumped. Some mornings I would wake up and I could hardly see, even hardly open my eyes. I would have to lay down with a warm wet wash cloth on my eyes before I could see. Finally, I went to the eye doctor. Of course my eyes were feeling pretty good that day. The doctor gave me some drops and after looking in my eyes said, “Well, you definitely have an infection.” Great, I thought, I’m not crazy. She told me I had a viral infection in my eyes – just like someone gets a cold, but in your eyes. There is nothing she could have prescribed because it wasn’t bacterial so I would just have to wait it out, much like the common cold.
Our vision is very important to our overall physical health and well-being. Just like our physical vision, our spiritual and emotional vision are important to our spiritual and emotional health and well-being. When we scatter our focus we live scattered lives, out of step with God’s direction and plan for us. When we turn our eyes to Jesus and look to Him for direction our lives fall into focus. When we live life in a funk we are focused on the wrong stuff. We lose heart, we become weary, we blame others for the funk we find ourselves in. What if instead – we looked up? We looked toward the heavens – outwardly and inwardly; physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have enjoyed meeting on Monday afternoons with some high school girls to look at the Psalms. What great joy we can find in these verses for living out our day to day lives. Last week we looked at one of my favorite Psalms – Psalm 121. The first verse starts out: “I lift my eyes to the hills – where does your help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
This life will drag us down at times. We will find ourselves in a funk. But we need to refocus and find our focus on Jesus. We need to “lift our eyes to the hills” and remember where we find true strength.
Be blessed as you focus on Him.
KC DiNardo, Student Ministries