I specially welcome you into God’s presence today. Last time, I taught on focus, and what to focus on. I said focus means to concentrate, look ahead, and keep your attention on something. I also said, to be distinguished in life, make a mark and count, you must know what to focus on.
Today, we will examine, How To Be Focused.
HOW DO YOU FOCUS?
As a teenager, knowing the way to the accomplishment of everything, is what guarantees your arrival there. Ecclesiastes 10: 15says: The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
Knowing where you are going, is different from knowing how to get there.
PURSUE YOUR GOALS
You must pursue your goals in the steps outlined below.
Write Your Goals
As a teenager, as soon as you have determined your goals, Satan will try to defuse your enthusiasm, by undermining it. After sometime, you could either forget or even begin to wonder whether the goals would be worthwhile or not. Writing down your goals helps to keep this from happening. Don’t just leave them to the chance of memory. Writing your goals reinforces them in your own thinking, and reminds you to stay committed to them.
Setting deadlines entails putting a time frame, within which you intend for the realization of your goals to take place. Someday is no day!
Develop A Mental Picture Of Your Goals
Remember that Jesus always used parables to paint pictures for us to understand the Word, which He taught. Simply put, think about your goals. You can get things like a photograph that approximates your goal, and put it where you can see it everyday.
Develop A Plan For Reaching Your Goals
God never does anything without first planning for it. Planning helps you to set everything in proper perspective and appropriate order. Planning enables you to do each thing at the right time. Like in the story of creation, God did everything sequentially. He brought light first before any other thing in order to set the pace for all other things to be made. He brought all of man’s food before making the man; even the animals’ habitats were made before they (the animals) were made and so on. Without adequate planning, things cannot be done orderly, but haphazardly. It is recommended that your plans be documented also.
Many people run away from planning because it seems to take more time to plan than implement. At the end of the day, you will discover that it is a worthwhile exercise.
Water Your Goals With Prayer
Goals are like plants. Without daily attention and constant care, they will shrivel up and die. Prayer is the engine of your goals. Without prayer, your goals are engineless, and without an engine the motor of your destiny cannot move.
DEVELOP A SUPERIORITY COMPLEX
Refuse to see yourself as an unfortunate person, because you are not. How you see and what you think about yourself, determines what you will experience Proverbs 23: 7. You are a creature of God’s deliberate purpose for glory and not shame.
You are made in His image. Before you ever came here, He had charted a colourful destiny for you Romans 8: 28 – 30. Even if circumstances tell you otherwise, you are a creature of great worth in God.
You are His elect, chosen, precious gem of great price. God’s election and choice of you, cost Him the life of His only Begotten Son. So change your perspective and shake yourself out of the dungeon of self-pity. You are not a misfit; you are a “proper fit” properly fitted into divine plan.
BE FORWARD LOOKING
Focus is all about being forward looking. If you want to go forward, you must keep looking forward. Have you ever seen or heard of someone who drove from Ibadan to Lagos and was all the while looking towards Ibadan? No! It is impossible to progress in any kind of forward movement, and be looking back at the same time. Wherever you are headed, is where you ought to face.
Now that you have goals, visions and dreams, those are the things you should look forward to fulfilling. You must know that while yesterday is dead, buried and gone, today is the womb of tomorrow. No amount of reminiscing about yesterday can change it. So forget about the things that are in the past and get ready for your future by making the most of your today(Philippians 3: 13, 14).
Many things are calling for your attention, but that does not make them legitimate. When you are on the highway, you can’t afford to be looking elsewhere which way, otherwise you will find yourself in the bush. Also, can you imagine a star athlete in a 100-meter dash looking sideways as he is running; such an athlete can never win.
When you are not focused, you are walking in darkness, and you just might stumble; so stay focused (Matthew 6: 22).
Remember Peter, who almost drowned in the sea because he allowed himself to be distracted by the waves. Distractions are usually noisy. Their aim is to catch your attention, thereby making you look at them. When you do so, it seems like you will drown under them. You will not be drown in Jesus’ name.
Focusing on God and God alone, is the best step you can ever take as a teenager. To be focused you need God as your personal Lord and Saviour to guild and lead you through. Doing this entails giving your life to Christ and accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this with me:
Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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