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The focus in my head


Each of us is being shaped by the things going on in our heads. What we permit in our thoughts determines what we eventually become. Sometimes the thoughts in our heads can act as a hand brake. If you think you’re not good enough, the probability that you might get to the top one day is not good. If you believe that you are a winner, chances are good that you will indeed one day win the race.

Even the ancient truths from the Bible confirm this. Read Proverbs 4:23 with attention: Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. We must realise that our thoughts can determine the direction of our faith and can even direct or affect our actions. Our thoughts form the basis of our lives and determine our direction.

Proverbs has some more advice: 24Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. 25Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. 26Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.27Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

The things we allow to get to our brains through our eyes and ears have an enormous influence on our happiness. From childhood we allow some information to influence us, and some not. We filter every little piece of information. However, it is the information that we allow to remain and that we store in a folder somewhere, which determines our lives.

And that is why it is so important that we focus on the right things:  2Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  

Let’s just be honest with one another: All of us are guilty of doing this. We’re on earth. We have to live. That is why we have to work – eight to ten hours a day. Then there’s the family that takes up some of our time. So yes, our whole being is taken up by things here on earth. It’s virtually impossible not to be busy with things here on earth.

So what can we do? Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. And no, I don’t think all of us should go and sit in a monastery only focusing on the things of God. We should rather involve Jesus more in or day. Jesus wants to walk every step of every day with you. He wants to help you walk through every crossing that you face. He wants to show you what door to open and which ones you should rather keep closed.

That is why we have to adjust the filters of the information that we allow in, so that we can allow more of the things that are important to Him. We must shift our focus to the things of God, because if we have more of that in our heads, it will start spilling from our mouths. It will take over our whole beings and eventually we’ll start doing what is important to God.

Unfortunately, this is not a quick fix. No, it is a process. A process that takes a long time, starting with a purification process to get rid of the stuff that is not God-focused in order to make way for things that gladdens Jesus’ heart. When that is in place, our actions will follow suit.

I trust that God will help us to make a mind-shift so that what we do can be in line with the things that are important to Him.

Scripture

Colossians 3:1-4

Reflection

What takes up most of your time?

What directs your thoughts?

What do you have to change?

Prayer

Father, I realise that my focus and your focus do not exactly meet in the middle. I want to think more about your things. I want to get my thoughts in line with what is important to You. I struggle with that, so please help me to reflect more on your things and to talk about it, so that I can do more. Amen.

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