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While preparing for my bible study this week, I was given great words of knowledge, Whatever you’re focused on, you steer towards (paraphrased from Lysa TerKeurst.) And isn’t that the truth?
For example: while driving in the dark, if a car is coming at you with bright lights on and you focus on the lights, you will naturally drift toward the lights which could cause a head-on collision. But, if you notice the bright lights and focus on the white line to your right, you will drift toward that until the car passes, avoiding the collision.
While dieting, if you focus on all the foods you can’t eat on that particular diet, you will inevitably end up giving in and eating them anyways because your focus is on what you can’t eat so you naturally steer towards it and fail.
For instance, my family uses the Paleo lifestyle – I say lifestyle because ‘diet,’ to many, means just for a short period of time, while in reality it means ‘a way of life.’
Anyhow, when I tell people what Paleo entails, ‘No grains, no dairy, no refined sugars,’ they ask me; “Then what do you eat?” They’re so fixated on the limitations I just set that they neglect that there’s so many foods outside of what I just described.
If instead I told them we eat meats with lots of fruits and veggies, nuts and use maple syrup and honey as sweeteners; it may open up a whole different view of the foods we eat to better our bodies.
When I was wondering about what to write for this week, I was so focused on asking myself what lessons I had learned. I didn’t feel like I had learned anything and I was having a writers block. I was so focused on what I haven’t learned…
And do you know why?
It’s because I haven’t been trying to learn anything new recently!
But as soon and I sat down and redirected my focus to something positive and how I can grow myself, the words started to flow and ideas came to me.
Last week we asked the question “what is one word God is impressing me to live in the next year?” during my church bible study discussion. I wrote down that my word was ‘thrifty’ because I am working on my debt and my spending habits. But, as I look at life in general, my new word now is ‘focus’. Not just my money spending habits need changed, my spiritual spending habits and time spending habits need changed as well. And if I stay focused on what I want to accomplish, with God’s direction, I can be successful in all of these things.
What’s your word that God is impressing you to live in the next year?
What are some goals you need to (not want to!) accomplish in 2019?