Lamps or Lasers

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D.L. Moody once said, “Give me a man who says, ‘This one thing I do’ not ‘these fifty things I dabble in.’”

He was highlighting the incredible power of focus. The only difference between a flashlight that emits a flickering glow and a laser that can cut through steel is focus.

Successful Christian living demands that we consecrate (set ourselves apart for our purpose) and then concentrate with an unshakable focus.

Living a focused life doesn’t mean that we’re ultra serious about everything and never enjoy any hobbies or activities. It simply means that we’ve identified our priorities and we don’t deviate very far from them. We may have a wide array of interests and passions, but we know where we ultimately need to hone in with a laser-like intensity.

We don’t need to be a laser in every area. Flashlights serve a definite purpose, and it definitely wouldn’t do well to shine a laser in to the eyes of a stumbling camper at night; however, to succeed where it matters most in life requires focus.

It’s been said that if we chase two rabbits, both will get away. Let’s not chase distracting trivia. Let’s be like the Apostle Paul who said, “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

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