Regain Focus ~ “What to do when you have lost sight of your purpose.."

Have you ever been at a point in life, and maybe you are there now, where you feel like you have kind of “lost your way”? Or lost sight of your purpose, or why you are doing everything that you do in life? Have you ever felt like you lost sight of the Lord or your Bible and studies thereof, and perhaps question your daily actions? Or maybe you simply feel like you lost that fire you had before regarding things of the Lord and practices as such.

Well - guess what? You’re not alone! And guess what else? The Bible, the Word of God, has an answer for this! As always, God had a plan before it was even a problem for us, and He is the beginning and the end, and knows what we need before we even know we need it. What a loving Father! Let’s get into it!

Revelation 22:13 (NIV): I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“It happened AGAIN!”

Does this title sound familiar? Multiple things have seemingly pulled you in different directions. Maybe you haven’t read my Bible in a while, missed church once or twice, haven’t prayed as often lately. Maybe you feel overworked with multiple things going on in your life, and you have let it disrupt your days, weeks, and months. And maybe those days feel like you spend them fretting over things out of your control, to the point where you feel like you are living in some form of “just get past this moment” existence rather than feeling faithful and confident.

You see, distraction is one of the greatest tactics of our enemies, and is also tied to many doctrines of demons. If you could be so distracted with things of the world, you would have no time for the Lord. That’s the enemies game. Pause for a second and think about all of these distractions in life that keep you from spending time with the Lord. Hmm….Who would want that for you? Who would want you so wrapped up in distractions that you lose focus on the important things in your life?

Now, of course I know that we all have responsibilities that demand a portion of our energy and time throughout our waking days and nights. But you must remember that said responsibilities can overwhelm you if you let them and lead to severe energy deprivation and exhaustion, making you forget to spend time focused on Jesus.

We know in the Bible we are commanded to work if we want to eat, and that God also says we are to love and care for our families, friends and neighbors, and also keep connected with Him through prayer and worship. So, how do we do ALL of that?

2nd Thessalonians 3:10-12 (NIV): For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

Thankfully, as prior mentioned, the Word of God has all of the answers. I will examine several key points from the Word to explain this.

1-Reset Your Mind and Daily Thoughts with the Word of God

Philippians 4:8 (KJV): “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Do you take notes for things in life? Maybe create checklists for things you want to accomplish, whether at home or at work? I certainly do. I write a lot of notes. Notes for things I want to do at home, work, and at the gym. It helps me prioritize and set goals to accomplish, and also to remember things! When you understand Paul’s words here in Philippians, you get why he knew the struggles people would face and why we would need a list of words to help stay focused.

This verse is a guide for focusing our daily thoughts and energy. He literally mentioned 8 things we can focus on - Truth, Honesty, Just, Pure, Love, Good Reports (Admirable), Virtue, and Praise.

So how can we apply these to some common situations in our daily life?

Do you have kids? What do you do with an angry, rebellious child? Focus on what is true - God is the Truth, and as for your kids, you know you love them, they are your kids, and that this is often a natural part of growing up. “Parents who really love their kids will discipline them, as God does with us (Hebrews 12:7)”. Not too harshly, but gently with the goal of leading them in the ways of the Lord. Done this way, they'll become adults that fulfill all that God intends for them to become.

What about when you are nervous about a next step in life or the future? Focus on what is lovely.

Philippians 4:6 (ESV): Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Thinking on the correct things brings us into a place of contentment. This is a transformation that begins in our own daily thoughts and emotions and ends up flowing to our house, workspace, and the people we love. It is obviously much easier said than done, but start here. Start now. And watch how it works focusing on God’s Word. And focus on transformation into God’s Word. Anyone can change for a season, but you can change back to old ways as well, but completely transforming into focusing on God’s Word all the time will completely alter your mindset in a positive way.

2-Transform Your Perspective Vision Onto Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV): looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I think we can all agree that it is a challenge in life to keep a broad, eternal and Biblical perspective on life. I often have to remind myself in the middle of life’s stresses that many of these things don’t really matter if it’s not impacting my relationship with Jesus. I also have to remind myself that these stresses are nothing compared to my eternal existence beyond this world with Jesus, and how one day the things that stress me in this world will very likely not matter at all in Heaven.

We often put ourselves in a position where we feel like we have to solve every problem that pops up in our life. I’m sure we’ve questioned ourselves when we did have the best answer, or the best reaction, and you might even feel like you are failing those closest to you.

Do you know the answer to this problem? It is simple, but it also takes keeping our mind in an eternal, Biblical viewpoint. The answer is that God never intended for us to be perfect. He didn’t create us to have all the answers all of the time. It is important to focus on this eternal viewpoint, and in that our focus must be on Jesus. Look at these words He spoke in 2nd Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV): And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Believe me - I have had struggles too and fallen off. I’ve lost focus before and realized I needed to realign my thoughts and focus on the Bible. Maybe I got wrapped up in work or favorite hobbies. Whatever it was, I feel it when I need to reset my perspective. I am still working on this myself to stay in this mindset all of the time. I don’t want to portray some false image like I am perfect and always perfectly in tune with my Bible and Jesus. I mess up too. But when we set our minds on Jesus completely and His words, we also realign our view on God’s greater plan for us. Our daily stresses lose their power when we remember the ultimate goal, which is being with Jesus in Heaven. If you feel like something is pulling you away from time with Jesus and wrecking your eternal view on everything, press in harder to Jesus. The enemy wants you to lose sight of Jesus and spend less time with Him.

3-Remember to Pray as Much as Possible

Psalm 19:14 (NKJV): Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

I feel like this one thing is often what many start failing to do when they lose focus on Jesus and need a realignment on the Word - we stop praying as often, or totally, for long periods of time. I am guilty of this myself as well. Even as I write this advice, I look at myself and feel like I need to pray more too.

When I pray, I often feel like I am opening my heart up to God. He’s hearing the real, raw me speak on things that I feel like I want and need, and also my problems, and many other things going on around me such prayers for my loved ones, friends and coworkers.

It is good to do this. Often we can fester many thoughts and feelings within our heart, and if we don’t let them out and give them to God, they can turn into sour moods, bad attitudes, and negative reactions to people and situations. For me, praying daily is like releasing all of these things to God, and that’s exactly what He wants us to do:

Philippians 4:6 (ESV): Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Matthew 6:6 (ESV): But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Colossians 4:2 (ESV): Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

It sure seems like prayer is a form of spiritual therapy with God. It certainly feels that way for me, and I often feel like a weight has been lifted off of me after I pray. Because I know God answers prayers, and if the answer is ever “No.” or “Not yet.” , it is because something greater will come from what I am asking for or about.

When we have this alone time with God, and we spill out our hearts, it resets our emotions to an extent. It is important to keep praying daily, and keeping releasing these things unto God, as He has commanded us to do so. I think Colossians 4:2 expresses exactly this - continue to pray steadfastly, and watch with thanks the things around you.

4-Realize that the Enemy is After Your Mind

Colossians 3:2 (NKJV): Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

I bet you can see a theme forming around all of these points. God surely knew some of the things He wanted us to be wary of was our hearts and our minds. This verse goes along with the previous points - set our mind on things above, (eternal Biblical viewpoint), and not on things of the earth. When we have our minds set on Jesus, the rest will fall in place.

The enemy is certainly after our minds, and causes confusion. The world is full of temptations, and when our mind is wracked with temptations, stress, doubt, and more, we must remember to focus on Jesus and the things above.

We might feel like we are hard pressed to find much happiness around. It sure seems like every news station only wants to broadcast bad news or threats. I enjoy news channels that throw in some good news, and I especially loved John Krasinski’s SGN show (Some Good News), which focused on only telling good news around the world and nothing else.

It also helps to remember what Jonah said when he was stuck in the belly of the whale, a tale we all love and enjoy:

Jonah 2:7 (NKJV): “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.

Closing Remarks

Wherever you are right now, you have a great purpose. No matter what you are doing, you have a great purpose. God deemed it so, and Jesus loves you. House work, chores, our job, family gatherings, work, bills, friendships and relationships, sickness, death - many things can pull us in different directions, but one thing we know is that God will fulfill His promise on our life. When we learn to focus on the things above, we start to walk confidently rather than feeling like we are in survival mode.

We must fix our eyes on Him.

We must fix our hearts on Him.

We must fix our mind on Him.

And we must never lose faith.

I urge you to follow this advice and turn to the Word of God, and if you feel like you need a realignment of sorts, understand that is always starts, and ends, with Jesus. Press into Him, and never let Him go.