As I look back at 2014, it was a year of great distraction and trials. “Undistracted attention” wasn’t on the menu very many days last year. It’s not a state of mind that comes naturally to me on a good day. The best ways I’ve found of maintaining undistracted attention on Jesus Christ are:
To look for and record daily gifts of grace.
This requires two things:
- First, awareness - eyes, ears, heart and mind wide open.
- Second, gratitude - about which many books have been written. Ann Voskamp leads the way beautifully in her book and teachings titled One Thousand Gifts.
To read the Bible daily . . . something . . . anything.
Some days it’s hard to focus for those of us whose brains occasionally short-circuit. That’s when we can and should call on the Holy Spirit for focus and clarity. He’s always willing to help.
To write our prayers – yes, in a journal.
On days when I beat myself up over my perception of a poor prayer life – lies, all lies – my journals are sweet proof of the truth. The discovery that prayer is, and has been, present is attitude changing. Some days it looks and sounds different from others. That’s OK!
To memorize and rehearse Scripture
Over and over again. A friend recently told how she rehearses verses on the way to work each morning.
My verse for 2015 is Isaiah 40:28-31: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I’m clinging to God’s promises of strength and an increase in His power in me this year after a very weak and incapacitated 2014. What’s your 2015 verse?
To talk with others who love the Lord
The more open they are about their relationship with God, the more encouraging I find the conversation.
Would you like the hope that follows closely behind "undistracted attention?"
What gifts of grace do you see?
What are you reading?
Where's your journal?
What's your verse(s)?
Who's your go-to friend for rich faith conversation?
Please share how you keep your eyes focused on Jesus!