Where your focus is, there your heart will be also
We were laying in bed talking about our daughter’s wedding when it occurred to me that I had allowed my focus to be on a weakness in my work. Instead of turning those thoughts off and staying focused on the conversation, which is a strength I have to propel me into greater focus, I let my thoughts drift.
Now that may not seem like a big deal to you, but in my life its the single most important difference between having a successful life, and feeling totally upside. Chances are, my husband will come back to me later asking me about something I wasn’t paying attention to during that conversation. That’s when I’ve compromised our relationship by not staying present.
Since 2009, I’ve taught clients world wide that where your focus is, there your heart will also be. The moment I realized I was doing the exact opposite from what I teach I said, “This has GOT to stop. My work is important, but nothing I’m doing is so important that it can’t wait until after our daughter’s wedding is the best it can possibly be.”
I recall a Bible story that talks about Jesus walking through the crowds. When his cloak was touched by a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years something happened. Now I’m not trying to gross you out, but I want to give you an example of how powerful belief is.
Any woman that menstruates for more than a week feels like she’s ready to pull her hair out. I can’t imagine the suffering this poor woman must have endured after bleeding for twelve awful years!
It was her moment. She saw a throng of people walking elbow-to-elbow, probably pushing each other a little but not like the Black Friday crowd. No doubt they were people who just wanted to be near their hero, but still she had to work her way through this crowd. It wasn’t until she was finally able to reach out and touch his cloak that something incredible happened.
One of his disciples responded by saying, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” As if to say,
“Dude, really? You’re being touched constantly by this crowd of people and yet you still ask who touched you?”
When the woman realized she had been called out, she came forward trembling and fell down in front of everyone. She explained the reason why she had touched Him and how she believed she could be immediately healed.
He knew her heart. She was focused. Present. Determined. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Whoa…the joy she must have felt. I can’t even imagine. Her focus was on one single thing; touching his garment so she could be healed – and she was.
But what if all she did was focus on her sad situation, which is probably what she did for those previous twelve years, all because that’s human nature. What if she remained at home, not listening to the spirit inside her, prompting to go see Jesus.
When you do what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got. To train my mind was one of the greatest absolutes I’ve ever given myself. I’m not perfect at it, but knowing Jesus, staying focused, present and determined, has also made me well.
I challenge you to ask yourself a few questions:
- Is my focus on debt?
- Do I focus on a belief that I’m not good enough?
- Am I focused on the weaknesses of my spouse or how my marriage is falling apart?
- Do I focus on how the world is falling apart?
The goal behind these questions is to help you know where your thoughts are. We ALL have subconscious thoughts that keep us locked on a course, whether healthy or unhealthy.
So I ask you…what are you bleeding from?
The text says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. I say, “Where my focus is, thats what I’ll keep getting more of.”
Remember this phrase we probably all use to hate as teenagers…
“ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!”
Jesus said it often. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.
If you want more light in your life let me know. There are 3 different ways you can start right now on the home page of this site, and each one is freely given with love. It can start with one simple SHIFT.