Have you ever noticed how easy it is to focus on the wrong thing?
This happened to me recently while I was submitting online tax forms.
As I tried to fill in the blanks, I started to get frustrated because I couldn’t tell what information needed to go where, such as the name or address fields.
My eyes were focused on the blank information boxes, so much so that I didn’t see the field labels.
The website did indeed have field labels, but because I was so focused on one part of the page, I completely missed the labels that seemed to blend into the background color.
This happened because my focus was on the wrong thing. I was so focused on filling out the form, that I didn’t focus on how I should do it.
The more I focused on the blank fields, the less chance I had of seeing the labels. It wasn’t until I took a proverbial step back and looked at the whole page that I was able to see the big (and complete) picture.
Each morning last Monday through Friday, I had the opportunity to listen to Brian Peterson, a pastor from North Carolina, lead us through a study of Psalm 91. It was a special time of encouragement, and one thing Brian said, in particular, struck me.
“The more I focus on the mission, the less I see God. But the more I focus on God, the more I see the mission.”
As you lead your organization, it is far too easy for your focus to slip from God. The needs are great, the struggles are real, and the work is endless.
But when we focus solely on the mission, we leave God out of the equation. We forget as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 that “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”
Keep your eyes on God.
He’ll order your steps, keep you focused, and fulfill His mission.
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