From The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins
KEEPING LIFE IN FOCUS
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Focus. That single word holds the key for success in so many different endeavors of life. This was at the heart of Paul's own interest when he challenged us to "set our minds on things above" in the Colossian letter (3:2).
It was also at the heart of his message to the Philippians when he said, "This one thing I do" (KJV). The powerful Federal Express company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, exploded into worldwide prominence by simply bringing focus to one thing-overnight deliveries. Southwest Airlines is one of the nation's leading air carriers today primarily because of its single focus on low-cost coach travel with on-time performance. And who could talk about the element of focus without mentioning the Starbucks coffee chain. When all other coffee shops were busy dispensing all types of food services,
Starbucks simply developed coffee shops with a focus on, of all things, coffee! Focus is fundamental to spiritual success as well as business success. Keeping the main thing the main thing in the midst of a multitude of other things is always a challenge for a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the key elements to spiritual growth is the ability to obtain and then maintain focus in the Christian life.
©2012 by O.S. Hawkins
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