Firstly, ever tried to look at two things and found your focus went blurry on one of them? Ever tried to focus on something close and far taking pictures and as a result, discovered one of them blurry and the other in focus? What about in your life?
Where are you keeping your eyes focused? Are there things that are causing your eyes to wander and impacting your focus? When a situation arises do you keep your focus or is your focus drawn away from the actual source?
What’s the dictionary say about focus?
- “the center of interest or activity”
- “the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition”
- “one of the fixed points from which the distances to any point of a given curve, such as an ellipse or parabola, are connected by a linear relation.”
- “adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly”
- “pay particular attention to”
Data from Oxford Languages
Some of the definitions are for the word focus as a noun and others as a verb. Let’s be the dads looking for how we can act and are doers of God’s Word as we consider the definitions. When we read the word focus, let’s work on being able to see clearly! When we hear the word focus, let’s pay attention to the subject that is being discussed so we can measure it against God’s Word!
God’s Word and how what you are reading or hearing measures up:
- ‘Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit. Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it]. ‘
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
- ‘The backslider in heart will have his fill with his own [rotten] ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his ways [the godly thought and action which his heart pursues and in which he delights]. The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going. A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, But the fool is arrogant and careless. ‘
- ‘See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. ‘
- ‘“For I am the Lord, I do not change [but remain faithful to My covenant with you]; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, have not come to an end. ‘
Let’s pause before we move forward and go back to get the full context
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ‘Hebrews 12:1-3
Let’s be the dads who focus:
- on Jesus rather than looking away from all that will distract us!
- our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith!
- our eyes on Jesus, the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity!
How do we keep our focus?
Let’s apply today’s verse of the day to our lives as dads:
- Fix your eyes on Jesus: “As a dad, it’s important to keep your focus on Jesus and strive to follow his example.”
- Be a pioneer of faith: “Blaze a trail for your children by setting an example of faith and showing them what it means to follow Christ.”
- Endure hardship: “Being a dad isn’t easy, and it can involve a lot of sacrifices and hard work. Like Jesus, endure these challenges with joy and perseverance.”
- Set aside shame: “Don’t let shame or guilt from past mistakes hold you back from being the best dad you can be. Instead, learn from your mistakes and move forward.”
- Find joy in your role: “Just as Jesus found joy in his mission, find joy in your role as a dad and the opportunity to shape your children’s lives.”
- Keep your eyes on the end goal: “Focus on the long-term goal of raising children who love and serve God, even when the day-to-day challenges can be overwhelming.”
- Embrace your role as a leader: “As a dad, you have a leadership role in your family. Take this responsibility seriously and lead by example.”
- Trust in God’s sovereignty: “Recognize that God is in control and trust him with your children’s lives, even when things don’t go according to plan.”
- Prioritize your relationship with God: “Your relationship with God is the foundation of your faith and your ability to be a good dad. Make time for prayer, reading the Bible, and worship.”
- Seek support and encouragement: “Just as Jesus had his disciples, seek support and encouragement from other dads and Christian friends to help you on your journey.”
Let’s be the dads with focus our eyes on Jesus in order to be the dads our wives, kids, and the world need us to be!