June 25, 2009

What is Your Focus?

I love to share the joys of life. Life can be very hard but I choose to emphasize the beauty, fun, joy, wonder, and victories in our lives. Nearly everyone knows that life has its challenges; it seems that most people need a reminder that life is good too.

It is about focus. When you have a quality camera lens that focuses on the desired object, the things in the background are blurred because they are not the subject of the photograph. In the same way, we can place our focus on the blessings in life and relegate the hardship into the background or we can focus on the disappointments of life and miss out on the beauty.

At the same time, we mustn't ignore the bad. Deal with the challenges and refocus on the joys.

When that child whom God entrusted to you is driving you crazy, recall his good qualities. When someone has offended you, remember all the admirable traits they have. When your spouse doesn't do something right, don't forget all the things at which he or she excels. When you are going through challenges, know that there is an end. Sometimes victory is all the sweeter because of the challenges we overcome. If we dwell on what we don't have, we will miss out on what we do have.

Some of the poorest people in the world are joyful while some of the richest people are miserable. Why is that? It may be that riches are not truly measured by how much money you have but by how much love and joy you give.

Though I have challenges, I choose to place my focus on the blessings of life and the Giver of life.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things." Philippians 4:6-8

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