by Rev. James Wong
“An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions” (Prov 17:24, TEV).
An intelligent person aims at wise action that leads to the result that he desires. Whereas a fool is not focused because he starts off in many directions. His eyes are looking everywhere, and they wander to the ends of the earth! Having no focus can make us end up a fool … this is serious!
1. Focus is not easy. Our lives are surrounded by infinite choices and opportunities that can distract us easily and before we know it we may be heading for many directions. There are so many things that clamour for our attention. We need to intentionally concentrate our energy to a focal point. Without certain goals in place, we will just drift in life. Out of focus pictures are ugly pictures.
2. Focus is power. To get any thing done we must know our target. Success comes to those who persist towards a clear target. Failure is simply broken focus. That is the reason why so many people got stuck in the pit of mediocrity—they get worst, not better in the things they do. They are lagging behind because others are getting ahead. When we narrow our focus and set goals, we will achieve something. Common people achieve uncommon results because of their focus. Diffused light has no power to hurt whereas laser beam can cut steel because of the concentration of light.
3. Focus must be intentional. We do not naturally remain focused. What we want to achieve must be in the forefront of our eyes. Write down your goals and stick it somewhere you can see them easily. This will keep you focused. Focus must be intentionally sustained. Being intentional in focusing is to do the things that you should do, day by day, month by month and year by year in a consistent way.
Faith can be weaken and our conviction sways. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, …” (Heb 12:2).