Spiritual Growth

Focus, Thoughts, Feelings

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

What we focus on grows.

I’ve experienced the power of focus both ways — positive and negative.

Walking around the neighborhood one evening, I was letting out all of my frustration to my husband. I did not hold back. There were some things heavy on my heart. The more I focused on it, the more my emotions took over. I ended up with all my emotions mixed up… from anger, to disappointment, sadness, frustration, and anxiety.

I saw no way out of the situation. My husband just heard my heart.

The following evening, I was feeling the same way. As I started on the same cycle as the night before, he brought to my attention that there were a lot of other good things I should focus on. Good, positive things for us, our family, and ministry.

I said, “You’re right. There’s a lot of good things happening for our family.”

As I began to shift my focus on a positive outlook and great future projects for our family, my demeanor changed. I started smiling. I felt happy about our future. The dam of negativity broke and my mind was flooded with exciting ideas on how we do things to make those dreams become reality in our lives.

Two nights, back to back, showed me the power of Focus.

What we focus on grows.

Our focus drives our thoughts.

And the thoughts stir our feelings.

When we make decisions based on feelings, we lose our objectivity and miss out on tremendous opportunities.

From personal experience, I can tell you that FOCUS is powerful.

And you have the power to choose what to focus your attention on.

God’s Word counsels us to focus on things that are positive, pure, and move us forward. God knows that our focus determines our attention, which guides our feelings and directs our actions.

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