Read: 2 Chronicles 25:1-4, Psalm 139:1-24, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 3:14, Hebrews 12:2
What is the one thing you want to focus on in 2016?
It's easy to make a list of many things you want to do better but what is the thing that most deserves your undivided attention this year? Finding your focus begins with asking yourself the tough questions and praying for guidance. While there are plenty of things that we enjoy doing, we were all made for a specific purpose. Instead of spending a lifetime looking for direction, let us find our focus so we can begin walking the path that God has directed for our lives.
Living focused is so important. If we don't have a focus, we will miss out on receiving the satisfaction of work well done. A divided heart is a distracted heart. But to have an undivided heart? You will rest in the goodness of knowing that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.
In 2015, I committed myself to many, many things. A women's small group. Couples Bible study. Launching Undivided. Writing a devotional. Book club. All of this on top of working a full-time job and being a mom to three busy little children. These were all good things that brought me fulfillment, but I found myself without a focus, running around in circles instead of fixing my eyes on the best thing that God had for my life.
I think the biggest lie that Satan has told our generation of women is we can multi-task. Sure, we can brush our teeth while holding a baby but when we try to do too many things, we find ourselves not doing any one thing well. For example, have you ever been right in the middle of a project only to have your phone buzz with a text? You take your eyes off your project to respond to your text message and that leads to a Google search or fixing something or changing the course of your day. Suddenly you realize that you've gotten nothing done and are anxious about not accomplishing the one thing you had set your mind to doing today. Been there before? Me too. When we get distracted with multi-tasking, we aren't giving our jobs or our people our undivided attention. We need to compartmentalize and begin focusing on one thing at a time.
Trimming down our to-do list is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do. But, we must trim so we can thrive in the life God has planned for us. Trimming begins with this prayer:
Letting go of good things is hard, but holding on to them causes heartache. We will find ourselves apologetic, ashamed, and angry because we are so overwhelmed with our commitments. But when we focus on one thing at a time, we will be more efficient, productive, and joyful. Our hearts will be prioritized to follow what God has in store for us instead of what we think we have to do. Instead of worrying about how we spend our time, finding our focus leads us to a life of freedom.
Our worksheet today has some questions and diagrams to guide you in finding your focus. As mentioned in Day 1 and Day 2, we encourage you to find your focus through prayer and fasting. In the following days, we will walk through what happens after we've committed ourselves to just one thing. We are going to need courage and to be ready when the enemy attacks us. But, God is with us, and we must keep our eyes fixed on Him. This is how we will experience victory.
Let’s get our hearts focused on God this year. The rest will fall in place.
Our worksheet for today is going to help you trim your to-do list and find your focus. It's the one sheet that I've been using the most the past few weeks and it has really made a difference in my life. I hope it does the same for you!
Join us on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m. for our Undivided Women Launch Party at Covenant United Methodist Church. Invite your friends and learn more about this exciting new ministry for our community!