I love handstands and headstands. I’m fascinated by them. They constantly challenge me. There is this element of strength and precision that I am always striving to improve on.
My goal is to handstand tall, aligned and balanced. But if I do not make constant corrections–shifting my weight, flexing my abs, pointing my toes, broadening my hand grips–I will fall over. This is Christian living. If I do not constantly refocus on Christ daily, I lose balance and I fall. This is a lesson I have been learning in my own life.
My intentions start good, great even! They are strong. But I tend to drift and if I’m not careful, my good intentions become blurry and out of focus. This is where I realize that I took my eyes off Jesus.
So I get back to my Bible and journal and I pray and I read and I refocus and strive for balance
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Have you ever run a race? I have. I have run a few 10K races. Running to finish the race is hard, tedious work. If your eyes are not fixed on a goal, you will quit. If you do not have a strong focus, the exhaustion will become the loudest voice you hear. This is the same with life.
There is a reason Paul tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus! It’s hard work. If you do not set your focus, you will wonder off course and lose your way.
Handstands and running races both require constant, intentional effort and exertion. Same with following Jesus. The moment you take your eyes off the goal, is when you lose balance and fall.
Set your focus!