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24. Redefined Focus

June 08, 2017

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But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Runners talk about hitting a sudden wave of fatigue while running. Whether an amateur runner or an elite runner, every runner is hit with this fatigue called “Runners Wall.” During this moment, your lungs feel heavier and your legs turn into concrete. Your body responds by shutting down on you from the nose to the toes. Your mind begins to think through the overwhelming amount of distance still to be covered, and you want to quit and find rest. Research shows that if the runner makes simple adjustments instead of focusing on the distance to be covered—if they focus on the next step – there is a possibility of fighting through the wall to the allusive second wind.

This happens in our personal and spiritual lives as well. Day by day, we are faced with circumstances and choices that can tire us. In these moments, quitting seems to be a viable option. Our mind begins to play tricks by getting our focus on the overwhelming tasks ahead. But there is hope.

This hope is counterintuitive. Like the runner, if we stop focusing on everything that is stacked against us, we can focus on something different. Isaiah instructs us to wait on the Lord, but in the busyness of our lives, waiting doesn’t make sense! What would it look like if you redefined your focus? Begin to wait on the Lord, and see where your focus really needs to be. You might just find your strength is returned, your energy is back and you are able to soar. Don’t let fatigue get the best of you. Redefine your focus and see what God is waiting to do.

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