focus – the concentration of attention or energy on an object, maximum clarity or distinctness of an object
Sounds like a great motivational quote, one that would be found on a large poster that shows a view of a grand mountain range, or maybe of an eagle in flight. However, that was not the intention of the person that shared this quote with me.
Let me explain… When I was faced initially with that quote, I immediately thought of the ministries which God has placed in my service. A simple thought rushed through my mind, “Yes Lord, I will focus on Children’s Ministry. I will stay focused on Upward and Awana. Yes Lord, I understand.” The amazing thing, I did not understand.
Here, let me ask the question again, ‘What is the one thing that only you can do?” God can certainly raise up another Children’s Minister. He can also lead another to guide and direct both Upward and Awana. So again, I ask myself, “What is the one thing that only I, Joe Vivian, can do?”
The answer was so simple, yet I missed it at first, as I feel most of us miss it. We think of our jobs, our ministries, our hobbies and possibly even our athletic endeavors. No, that wasn’t it. The one thing that I must focus on that only I can do is being the obedient servant to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to be the husband to Kerry Vivian and to be the father to both Samantha and Baylee Vivian. That is the one thing.
“You shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deut 6:5 I must first and foremost seek His will and His love. When I daily come to Him and bow before His throne, I can feel my “troubles’ and “anxiety” wither away. I rest knowing that He is continually forming me more into His image. Sometimes very uncomfortably, yet very necessary.
Next, my marriage covenant to Kerry was not only made in front of family and friends, it was first and foremost made to God. I made a covenant to leave, cleave, become one with Kerry and not be ashamed. “Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband” Eph 5:33I am the only one that can be the husband to Kerry. I am the only one that can love her with an unashamed and unconditional love.
Finally, we must never forget that our children are a gift from God and are only ours as loaners. They are His and we are given the blessing to raise them up in His ways. “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:6,7 We will be held accountable by God for what we teach and how we train them up in His Name. I am the only one that can be the father to my two ladies and my days are becoming few with both of them. I need not take them for granted nor make allowances for time that may be available.
So, the quote is much more than just some mountains and eagles. When our focus is concentrated on that which only we can do, then everything else will fall into place; our ministries, our jobs/careers, our hobbies.
We all need to focus, concentrate our attention and energy, on what only we can do. To love the Lord with every fiber in our being and to focus on the blessings He has given only to us; our spouse, our children, our parents/grandparents, our siblings… our family.
A Growing Bond Servant to the King~