It was ironic when I recently had a dream that involved football because that sport is not at all in my area of expertise. I understand the basics but it has never really been my thing.
I actually did happen to make a touchdown during our annual Roney family football game a couple of days ago, but it was nearly by accident — the ball seemingly fell out of the sky into my hands. I was standing near the end zone, so, in a burst of wonder, amazement and uncertainty, I dashed toward the goal area and discovered I’d garnered some points for my team!
But that was unusual.
On or shortly before my recent trip to Atlanta and south Florida (which led into my trip to Haiti), I had a dream about someone who was trying to kick a field goal. At first, the person looked set up to succeed.
However, then the scene changed, and they were now facing a crowd of people who were making a ruckus. I thought the crowd of noisy, gregarious people — overflowing from the stands, leaning over the railing, waving their arms and shouting — was an unfortunate addition to the situation.
Now, I wasn’t sure if the player would be able to score.
Upon thinking about the dream later, it made me think about the topic of distraction. How often do we let ourselves get distracted when God sets us upon a mission?
It is important in life to get clear on what our focus is so we know that anything that deters us from that may be a distraction.
Common distractions for many people…
• Social media (not bad — we’re using it right now! — but an over-focus can be a distraction)
• TV shows and movies (again, they can have their place, but are you watching Netflix when you should be doing something else?)
• Endless snacking when working from home (I really have to discipline myself! If I’m not careful, I can cook and nibble all day long just to keep myself happy, while my productivity suffers!)
• Concerns about what other people think — weigh it if they are close to you, care about you and are people you look up to, but otherwise, unless you offended or hurt someone and need to make it right, you can usually just ignore it and keep moving.
• Worries about yourself and your wellbeing (finances, health, etc.)
The answer to that final one, and really to all of it, is this: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all else (having just spoken about people worrying about being provided for in terms of food and clothing) shall be added unto you.” — Matthew 6:33
What portion of building God’s Kingdom has He called you to? How has He called you to use your talents and resources to bring heaven to earth, even in the smallest and simplest ways?
“Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. … Do not turn to the right nor to the left” (Proverbs 4:25, 27).
How can you get more focused today? Let’s make those touchdowns!
Photo from a recent modeling shoot for Chala Handbags