It can be hard to pay attention.
I remember sitting through chemistry and trying so hard to listen, but it seemed like the teacher was speaking in a different language, I couldn’t wrap my head around it, and I kept slipping up and thinking about how I’d design a project I was working on instead.
Listen! I would tell myself when I realized I had drifted off, We’re not here to plan where to put what color sequins.
In my brain it would go as follows: “Stoichiometry, focus on stoichiometry. What is she saying about it? Uhh, I don’t understand. I have to l i s t e n… forming a compound…. you know what? I should swirl those sequins into a pattern while the glue is wet, that’d be really cool and fun to do…. wait a minute, focus. Stoichiometry .”
I don’t struggle with it as much anymore in settings like that, but I’ve realized that I also get distracted in my daily life.
One moment I’m focusing on God and His word and the next I am stressing about my future.
In Hebrews 2:1 it says:
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”
Sometimes I let what I know slip.
I know that I need to love my siblings, but in anger I often lash out with rude words, slip.
I know that I need to tell others about the gospel, but sometimes my fear of ruining my friendship with them holds me back, slip.
I know I need to put others before myself, but so often I’m so insecure that I fail to look outside of me and my problems, slip.
I know I need to read my Bible and pray, but sometimes it becomes just another thing I mentally check off instead of my time learning more about God and deepening my relationship with Him, slip.
All this slipping, you know you can also fall.
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”-1 Corinthians 10:12
This is why we have to pay attention to where we stand, what we are focusing on, and what our priorities are.
In Galatians 5:4 one of the saddest phrases, in my opinion, is used:
“Christ is become of no effect unto you”
How could the One who created the universe become of no effect to me?
Because I failed to pay attention, I let myself slip, I let myself fall and stay fallen.
This verse ends with: “ye are fallen from grace.”
I don’t want Christ to become of no effect to me, I hope you don’t either.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”-Matthew 6:33
We have to pay attention to God and His Word.
Colossians 3:2, tells us to set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
While it’s easy to say that we are setting our affections on things above, what does our daily life say about us?
If someone was to read your mind for the day, what information would they leave with?
If your daily activities were recorded like your search history, what would someone say your interests are?
What or who do you pay the most attention to? Yourself? Your relationships? Your pets? Your hobbies?
Can you honestly answer “God”?
I know I can’t but I know I want to, I know I am working on being able to truthfully answer His name, and together, we can grow stronger and reach that point, starting now.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 7:2-3, and it reads:
“Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
I love the imagery here. If God’s commandments are the apple of my eye, it’s my main focus, it’s what I am paying attention to. If they are bound on my fingers that means it’s what I see when I reach for anything other than God. With every beat of my heart, I want to remember and live for His word and Him.
I pray this for myself, and I pray it for you, dear reader: that God will be our main focus, our top priority, and that our attention will stay on Him as we live our lives for Him.
I know this post was a bit shorter than usual, but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about.
What do you give your attention to?
How can you start focusing more on the Lord today?