Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you - Proverbs 4:25 ESV
I was channel surfing the other day and came upon a show that discussed how service dogs are trained. It was amazing to watch the process of the trainers taking a puppy and teaching them to ignore all distractions that most dogs would engage in.
There was one scene where the dogs were in a room and the trainers were throwing balls at the dogs in an attempt to get them to chase it. The dogs remained perfectly still and showed no interest in the balls at all.
The big test came when they brought ferrets into the room and let them loose. The ferrets climbed over the dogs and literally walked under the noses of the dogs with no response. The dogs remained focused and were able to resist the urge to engage with the ferrets. The trainers explained that this was an important part of training since the ability of the dogs to remain focused would minimize the chances of their owners being hurt.
I wonder how more effective we men would be if we had the focus exhibited by the dogs described above? Would we be able to achieve greater levels of success in the way of discipleship or leading our families? I, like many of you, am unable to remain focused for extended periods of time.
The result of this inability to focus renders us helpless when it comes to maximizing our potential as children of God. I have seen others with less talent achieve more because of their ability to focus.
Joe Girard, who has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's greatest salesman was asked his secret of success. He stated: "When I eat, I eat. When I sleep, I sleep. When I play, I play. When I work, I work." What Joe was saying is that whatever he's doing, he's fully engaged.
The fully engaged and focused person is not looking at Facebook when his spouse is trying to have a conversation with him. Nor is the focused person thinking about what's the time of the big game while he's playing catch with his kid.
The man that's focused is engaged on the task at hand. This is the type of man that Proverbs discusses in today's scripture. It speaks about a man's eyes being fixated upon the right objects.
The scripture further states 2 important points: 1) forget all things when seeing Christ and 2) take care that you continue gazing upon Christ until you have faith in Him.
Men, imagine what we could accomplish by adopting the mindset that this scripture espouses! The changes that would occur in our communities would be nothing short of amazing. I firmly believe that all of us have the ability to harness this power of focus.
Let me caution you. Once you start moving in the direction of living a focused life, the enemy will present himself. You'll find yourself looking at circumstances and begin to doubt yourself (Peter was an excellent example of this when he walked on the water). When this happens, remind yourself to fix your gaze on those things that are worthy.
Are you having success with living a focused life? Why or why not? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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.