Turns Out It Really Does Matter Where You Focus

Let me ask you a question. Where is your focus? The answer to that question really does matter because it will determine your destination.


It is a proven fact that where we focus is where we go. Don’t believe me? Drive down the road and fix your gaze on the telephone pole along the side of the road. What happened? Yep, that’s exactly right, without meaning to you found yourself driving directly towards it.

In his book, The Principle of The Path, Andy Stanley says it this way, “What gets our attention determines our direction and, ultimately our destination. Or if you would like the short version: attention determines direction.”

Getting Stuck In The Past

One of the wrong places to fix our focus is our past. When that happens, it is easy to get stuck spinning our wheels and getting nowhere.

That can happen regardless of whether your past was good or bad. All of our stories have hurts, wounds and other details we wish hadn’t happened. We also have precious memories of the good things we experienced in the past.

Now I’m not saying we need to forget our past. Our past is an important chapter in our lives, and it has much to teach us but getting stuck there allows it to define us.

Looking for Completion

Another way we get stuck when we are not focused on the right thing is looking at people or things to complete us.

You know what I’m talking about, we have all done it.  We mistakenly look to people, possessions, position, status or careers. And think they will complete us as an individual and are the reason we achieve our destiny.

That kind of thinking will get us headed straight toward that telephone pole on the side of the road.  And keep us from fulfilling that longing that is within all of us. We will never be who He created us to be until our focus is correct.

The One Place We Need To Focus

So what is the answer? Where should we fix our focus? There is only one answer. On Jesus and Jesus only!

“We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the only one who makes our faith complete.” – Hebrews 12:2 (ERV)

Check out this acronym for focused:

My favorite way to remind myself to focus on Jesus is this equation by Tullian Tchividjian: “Jesus + nothing = everything.” I repeat it to myself on a regular basis. It is a great tool that helps me refocus and keep first things first.

If we keep our focus on Jesus, does it mean we will never have any problems or heartache? Of course not. There will be challenges along the way. We will experience sunny days and dark days.

What is does mean is keeping our focus on Jesus, allows live our story. Becoming more and more like Him. Focusing on Jesus and nothing else makes it possible to live what I like to call Vine Life.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NLT)

Vine life living keeps us focused on Jesus. It moves us forward with confidence and courage knowing that it’s not all up to us. It causes to understand He will lead the way and provide the strength. No longer shackled to our past, people or things, but rather, grafted to the vine we are free to be our authentic selves.

Listen to Nicole Nordeman sing: “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” and rejoice that He is all we need.

 What does fixing your eyes on Jesus alone mean to you? How do you need to adjust your focus?

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