No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
In my recent post, I wrote about being able to sift through the disappointments and to find the joy through it. After the fact, I had an interesting thought come to mind. What if the disappointments in life are really a distraction?
Follow me on this. When we have a disappointment, we often focus on the disappointment instead of keeping our focus on the goal that is at hand. We can be on the path of greatness and have disappointments coming across our path; it is what we do with that disappointment that matters the most.
From a Christian viewpoint, the Bible tells us that the devil has a goal “to kill, steal, and destroy.” To accomplish this goal, he will find ways to distract you. He will put people in your path to distract you. He will put adversity in your way to distract you. He will even put disappointment in your vision to distract you. If not careful, you will find yourself so focused on the disappointment that you lose sight of the goal. You lose sight of what your original intent was. We then have no vision.
I am challenging myself that when disappointments come up in life (and they will), to put my sights on what lies ahead and not what is behind me. I have an exam coming up and any distractions that are in my way, I have removed them. I have even removed Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. so that my focus will be on the exam. I cannot look behind. I have to look ahead.
Remember…”don’t look back for you are not going that way.”