Misplaced Focus

Psalm 112:7 (NIV) 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

I love photography and have ever since I can remember. There is just something about capturing a moment in time. Whether that be a first kiss at a wedding, or a beautiful sunset on the Maine coast, there is nothing quite like stopping time time in place and capturing a memory that will last forever… or at least until my hard drive fails. As an amateur photographer, I just hit the auto button and took whatever the camera gave me, sometimes it was great, but most of the time it was mediocre at best. As I studied I came across the term bokeh. Without letting out too much of my photography geek, this is simply making the subject of the photo tack-sharp while blurring out the background. It creates a wonderful effect and really makes the image look professional. Getting Focus Mixed Up With Bokeh I tell you all of this not because I expect that you will all go out and buy professional DSLR’s and start practicing your bokeh skills, but to explain how our walk with the Lord is similar to photography. Colossians 3:1 (ISV) reminds us… (1) Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God… Is that where your focus is right now? If we have our focus on God, the things of this world should be nicely blurred out. If bokeh is done properly, that background is blurred out enough that you cannot focus on it, but not so blurred that you cannot tell what it is. This is how we should approach the things of this world. Sometimes we find ourselves focusing on the subject that should be blurred out while allowing our relationship with the Lord to be blurred instead. Balancing Your Life Image Think about your life right now, which parts are in sharp focus and which ones are slightly blurred out? We have to come to the right balance. In photography, we call this composing the shot. There are a number of things to think about before you ever release the shutter. Which part is going to be in focus. Our focus must be Jesus and Jesus alone. He is the masterpiece of our image. The world around us must be slightly blurred to bring Him into that sharp focus we are looking for. We have to be aware of things like money, possessions, state of the government, and right now we obviously we must be aware of COVID-19. We cannot remove those things from our shot completely but they cannot overtake the focus which belongs to Jesus. There is one rule of photography that I would suggest you break, the rule of thirds. We will not get too much into that rule, just imagine that the focus of your image should take on one-third of the frame. I would say, with Jesus, we need to break that rule and put Him right in the center of the frame. The Benefit Of Having Jesus In Focus There is a lot going on all around us. We have a pandemic running wild, we have government overstretching its boundaries, we have fluctuation in the stock market, among so many others. Colossians 3:23–24 (NKJV) offers… 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ… If we keep our focus on the Lord and we serve Him to the best of our ability our reward will be the inheritance. Closing Thoughts: Picture a life with Jesus at the center, the world around us fading into the background, that is where I want to live my life. I want the things of this world, the worries, the stress, the aggravations to be blurred out and I want Jesus to be tack-sharp. I want the world to see the picture of my life and know exactly what my focus has been and will continue to be throughout the rest of my life. I want a picture at the end of this life that leads to my eternal reward, and I want that for every single person that ever comes across this article. May the focus of your life be our heavenly Father! Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

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