Everyone loves to pull for the underdog. Whether in sports, business, or the movies, we always like to see the character with the most obstacles to overcome conquer them. It stirs our souls because we secretly wish we would have the courage to accomplish something extraordinary.
There is one consistent trait that moves even the weakest person on to triumph, and that is true focus. The men and women in the Bible who accomplished great things for God's Kingdom had great focus. Though they stumbled along the way, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, and even Samson trained their eyes to stay put on the Lord.
Keeping our focus on the Lord keeps us from repeating past failures.
Taking your eyes off God can result in failure, just like keeping your eyes firmly fixed on Him can bring some of the greatest victories you will ever know. In your weakest moments, ask yourself if you are focused on God or on your situation. Whenever self-pity sets in, know that failure is lurking nearby. Bemoaning about difficulty demonstrates that your faith has been rocked. Confidence in God can vanish when you try to solve your problems apart from Him.
Keeping our focus on the Lord keeps us from repeating past failures. As we realize that He is the one who leads us through impossible situations, we rely less upon our own strength and more on His.
Trusting God for direction and confidently following His lead are marks of a champion—a champion who is focused firmly on Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay focused on You at every moment today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Colossians 2:6-7).
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