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Friday, September 14, 2012

Focus (concentrate on You)

Once upon a time Lisa Jo Baker (the Gypsy Mama @www. LisaJoBaker .com) started thinking about writing and how perfectionism can get in the way of our words. So she figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays I join a group of people who throw caution to the wind and write without worrying…
As she says, “Your words. This shared feast.” Do you dare? 
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking (harder than it sounds)
2. Link back
here and invite others to join in.
3. Visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
OK, are you ready? Come on and join the fun!
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 
Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)

I used to be queen of the multi-taskers. I celebrated the fact that I could manage many things at the same time, at work, at home, with friends. I do have a well-operating mind, thank God, and I do get a lot done. Here is what I (and the experts) have learned. Multi-tasking doesn’t work. With age, I have come to appreciate focus. With wisdom and ever-growing faith, I have come to appreciate how much clearer I am when I focus up, focus on my risen Savior, on He Who Made Me. Instead of being scattered, without an agenda or a plan, Lord, I am clear. In the words of an old R&B song performed by Jeffery Osborne and LTD, I am at my very best when I Concentrate on You.

Writing gave me focus. To get out a cohesive message that people would (hopefully) want to read required me to go in. To go deeper. To be sure of my message, my tone, my meaning. I had to focus. I couldn’t be distracted, superficial, skimming. I’ve told friends that writing has deepened my faith; I study more intently, needing more focus, wanting to be certain that my message is aligned. I want to be sure that when someone reads my words, it is clear that I am not focused on me.

And in a self-absorbed, self-obsessed oversaturated world, focusing up, on Him and feeling His Grace and unwavering Love is yet another reminder that God is good.

On Fridays, I pray and play with LisaJo and Laura, and the Christian Mommy Bloggers

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