I learnt a valuable lesson again last weekend – never take your eyes of a two year old and if they are quiet investigate. Instead of waiting for her to go to bed I set about a sewing project – amateur mistake I know! At one stage I saw her dart into the bathroom and out again. A few minutes later she repeated her manoeuvre so asked what she was doing – still not really giving her my focus. She replied she needed another one. A few minutes later I went to investigate and she had nicely arranged sanitary pads on her bed and had a baby doll sleeping on each of her ‘mattresses’. She was super pleased with herself. I was so engrossed in my project that I went back to work again. After 15 minutes I realised things were too quiet. This time the door to our bedroom was closed. Inside she was on top of the bed sitting on a pile of Nesquik (Strawberry milk powder) that she had scattered over the blanket and was trying to eat! I was so busy with my project that she was getting into all kinds of mischief.
The bible has a lot to say about focus and not being distracted. It is easy to get caught up in the things that need to get done and to lose our focus on God.
Proverbs 4: 25-26 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Put another way:
Hebrews 12: 1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
This weekend made me ask myself am I focused and fixed on Jesus or have I been distracted and focused on my own projects instead?