One of my favorite movies that I enjoyed watching with my 2 sons was "Up". It was released in 2009. I liked it so much that I actually purchased for my sons (it was really for me). One of the things that I remembered about the movie was the performance of one of the characters that reminded me of how I approached the pursuit of my purpose. Dug was a golden retriever that befriended the main characters. Dug, like me, had great intentions, but was easily distracted. The one thing that made Dug and the other members of the dog pack distracted was the mention of the word "squirrel". Just as Dug was about to do something meaningful or make a point, (I forgot to mention that he was equipped with a collar that allowed him to speak) he would think that he saw a squirrel and take off after it and totally lose his train of thought. How many times has that happened to us?
All too often, we waste valuable time chasing after the new and shiny thing instead of focusing on the task at hand. I've been guilty of it. That's why I stated in one of the first blog posts that this endeavor has been over a decade in the making. I would start trying to pursue my passion to help others only to be derailed by distractions that kept me from accomplishing my objective. It was only when I became focused did this project start to come together. Once you become focused, it's amazing how things start to happen. People start to appear that will help you. You are more receptive to things that you would not have noticed before. Men, it is vitally important to integrate focus in accomplishing your goals and dreams. Your family and community are depending on you. Becoming focused is not an overnight thing. It takes practice, but once you master it, you are well on your way to being the person that God designed you to be.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.