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My theme for 2018


 

Hi everyone! I hope your 2018 has been wonderful so far. 🙂

Each new year I like to pick a theme for the upcoming 12 months. This year I chose, “focus.”

I feel like we all are living in a state of constant information overload. I’m sure you agree! Because of social media (and media in general) we know so much about so many people. Throughout the course of a day we find out hundreds of bits of information that we otherwise would never know if we didn’t have cell phones.

Isn’t it weird to think that before the internet, when news broke, you wouldn’t hear about until the next day? The media had time to gather facts, write the news, print it in the paper and deliver it to your house. Pretty crazy, right?  Now when news breaks we know about it within seconds. This truth applies to both world events as well as our social lives. Everyone is so eager to share everything the moment it happens.

This brings me to my theme for 2018.

I’m choosing the word focus because I feel like God is calling me to remove the distractions from my life. The bible says that, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37 This verse reminds me how God has called us to a specific purpose while we’re here on earth. There is much to be done but few of us will actually do it. God longs for us to have laser like focus. But in a world of distractions it’s far too easy to get derailed.

There’s another verse I want to share. Hebrews 12:1 says, “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Distractions come in many different forms. It’s not just social media that throws us off course.

Here are 3 common ways we lose focus

  1. We focus too much on what other people are doing // Hebrews 12:1 says that we should get rid of every single thing that entangles us. When we make someone else’s life the benchmark for the way we should live, we get tangled up! We lose focus on who God created us to be when we believe someone else’s life is more valuable/ productive/ influential than our own. God created every detail of who we are. It was all hand picked by Him. He doesn’t want us to be anyone else. So when we focus too much on what other people are doing, feelings of inadequacy creep up. We think… “They’re so much more accomplished than me.” “They’ve achieved so much already!” Or how about this one… “I’m so behind.” Ahh, the “I’m so behind” one is the hardest in my opinion. But that is exactly where the enemy wants us. He wants us to get distracted from our calling by fixating on other people.
  2. We obsess over our past // Another way we can get entangled and derailed is by focusing on our past. Jesus came to set us free! We do not need to hold on to the past! I just recently let go of a major “focus killer” in my life. With the help of Jesus, I let go of something that was extremely painful from my past. It took me a long time to get to this place but let me tell you, making the choice to move on has brought me freedom like never before. Now I’m focused in on my calling! I’m not focused on the past anymore. If you are still holding on to something from your past, please consider asking God to supernaturally heal you from the hurt. God can heal people- I’m living proof!
  3. We refuse to walk away from habitual sin in our lives // Lastly, our focus will always suffer if we’re living in habitual sin. The bible says to throw off every sin that entangles us. If there is anything between you and God make it right with Him today. Ask Him to give you the strength to walk away from all sin. God wants us to be free from the distractions that sin always brings.

So that is my theme for 2018- focus! 🙂  The enemy’s main goal is to distract us. He wants us to fixate on everything but God’s calling on our lives. So he’ll toss in difficult people, overwhelming circumstances, and painful situations to consume our minds and derail us. We must remember that the devil is our real enemy. Not people, not our past, and not difficult circumstances.

So how about you? Do you have a theme for 2018?

Lord// Thank you for a new year! It is always so much fun to have a fresh start and set new goals and priorities for the upcoming 12 months. I pray that we experience your love and goodness like never before this year. Show us everything you want us to know. In Jesus name, Amen.

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