The Importance of Keeping Focus

The strength of our focus determines the degree to which we are susceptible to distraction. The less focus we have, the more distracted we will be. And when we are distracted, our purpose is compromised. In fact, maintaining our focus can be a matter of life and death:

On day six of the ill-fated mission of Apollo 13, the astronauts needed to make a critical course correction. If they failed, they might never return to Earth.

To conserve power, they shut down the onboard computer that steered the craft. Yet the astronauts needed to conduct a thirty nine-second burn of the main engines. How to steer? Astronaut Jim Lovell determined that if they could keep a fixed point in space in view through their tiny window, they could steer the craft manually. That focal point turned out to be their destination–Earth.

As shown in 1995’s hit movie, Apollo 13, for thirty-nine agonizing seconds, Lovell focused on keeping the earth in view. By not losing sight of that reference point, the three astronauts avoided disaster.

Scripture reminds us that to finish your life mission successfully, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”-Hebrews 12:2

God never intended for us to operate as misguided missiles. He wants us to strike with precision and accuracy. Distraction is getting involved in anything that takes your eyes off purpose. It could take the form of entertainment, the opposite sex, the job or even hanging around other people who have lost their sense of purpose. What does this do to you? It slows you down and in the process, time is lost. When you are not connected to your purpose, time is running against you. We all know someone who at one time was aspiring to greatness, but somewhere along the line he or she lost focus. In many cases, it took years to recover their lost position. Some never did recover. What a shame! Distraction is a thief of purpose.

Once I was taking an Organic chemistry test in college. I had studied ardently and felt I was ready for the exam. As I stepped into the exam hall and got my questions, there was a problem. I was beginning to lose my focus. I could not concentrate. The room was so hot that I felt faint. It was at that time that I heard a voice in my head, “You have failed this examR