Staying childlike is the key that opens the door to undiscovered wonder.
It is a great tragedy that the routine and responsibility of the daily grind has a way blinding us and making us numb to really glorious things. Slowly, we move from a colorful, exciting, carnival type lifestyle into a more black and white factory type of living.
Ugh! Don’t despair, there is a deep groan swelling inside our souls that yearn for glorious adventure. A magical place where living life to the fullest moves us from a blurry and distant thought into an actual reality.
Being in the construction field most of my life, I have discovered a captivating phenomena. I find the things I give my attention to suddenly attract and hold my attention. I’ll give you an example. Years ago, I started out as a stone mason. Because stonework was what I focused on all day, I found myself consistently drawn to any and every kind of stone work where ever I went. All of a sudden it seemed that stone work just seemed to appear everywhere. Strategically, my eyes would closely examine it, critique it and try to learn from what I liked and what I didn’t like.
Through the years, as I worked in many different trades, I found myself being attracted to and even captivated by whatever that specific trade was. If it was roofing, I would always be looking at roofs. If it was concrete, I would check out every little sidewalk, foundation, wall, curb and street in sight. What I discovered is this process didn’t just pertain to construction. If I was busy with landscaping or lawn work at home, then I noticed manicured lawns everywhere. Do you see the correlation here? It’s like whatever we give our attention to, suddenly, almost mysteriously, those things now invite our attention and even give us the ability to see things we previously overlooked or took for granted.
It has been said, what we focus on empowers us. This carries not only positive but negative connotations as well. Ever notice how cynicism and complaining create such an infectious atmosphere and destroys any semblance of hope? On the other hand, ever notice how joyful, enthusiastic people awaken possibility, giving us permission and almost daring us to dream again? The same principle applies, what we focus on and give our attention to directs our paths.
A word we see throughout scripture that supports this idea is meditate. I am thrilled at the idea of meditating or focusing on a specific something carries the power to open my eyes, enhance my vision and allow me to see that which was previously veiled. The Greek word, “Antenizo,” mostly translated, “Fixed his gaze” has essentially the same thought, which means, “to fix one’s mind.”
So what’s the real world application here?
First, although I am in this world and everyday life continues, the world doesn’t own me. If I make it my resolve, the world cannot control me. A good start might be to back away from the enticements of the world and to begin to focus more on the instruction given in Chapter 3 of Colossians.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on the earth
If I am serious about walking this out, I probably have to make some serious lifestyle changes.
Less time worrying about the state of the Union and more time learning about the state of the Kingdom.
More time in the Word.
More time in prayer.
More time in worship.
More time with like-minded friends.
More time impacting a lost world that desperately needs hope. Giving sight to the blind. Healing the sick. Raising the dead. Making disciples. Loving more. Caring more. Giving more. Oops! I got excited.
I really am determined to be more intentional to give my full attention to Kingdom activity and if the saying what we focus on empowers us holds true, then there is hidden treasure just waiting to be revealed. Treasure that brings glory to our Father in heaven! What could be better? Right? Now only one question remains…Join me?
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you…Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Col. 3)
May you be fully alive and find overwhelming joy in this wonderful journey!
Bless you friend. Jeff