It’s time to narrow your focus. We simply can’t take a big step, let alone run a great race, without blocking out distractions. Where we’re going is inextricably linked to where our focus is. God’s greater plan and destination for our lives will be challenged by distractions. I love this powerful truth in Scripture about getting focused: “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Spiritual blinders are mandatory equipment when life (with all its noise, shiny things, and urgent needs) has a grip on us. This first big step can only really happen when we get the blinders on.
There’s a subtlety about the busyness of life. Without the habit of focus, some distractions appear to look better than ever before. It’s a mirage. That urgent (but most often trivial) thing that grips us is actually baiting us to turn from the extraordinary that lies just over the river. Yes, there will always be something large or small that presents itself in our minds as a compelling reason not to step out. Our human spirit just needs the smallest excuse to never take that first big step. Compromising to-do-list items and compromising people can’t stand to be left behind. Because of this you can’t even afford to take a peek and look back at them. We need to trust God to sort out the stuff, or the people, who can’t take the trip.
But spiritual blinders aren’t nearly as much about blocking out the periphery, it’s more about getting so intently focused on our leader that nothing can distract us. Jesus is ultimately the only leader to follow, so our full attention and affection must be fixed on Him. He wrestled with taking big steps, but He broke through and ran the race to His death so that we could live. We don’t fix our eyes on a cross or even an empty tomb; Jesus is risen. It’s God who authored the vision for your life and it’s God who will perfect it. Get the blinders on, get focused, and let God get to work.
Proverbs 4:25–27; Hebrews 12:2