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What Are You Focused On?

I'm not that great at too many things, but there is one area that I absolutely thrive in.

I mean, not to brag, but....

I'm really, really, really good at avoiding the news.

Even if my dad has CBS on in the background, I am sure to run the blender extra long, or escape to my room - safe from all of the horrible headlines staining our flatscreen.

Newspaper? No thanks.

Political tweets? Keep scrolling.

Facebook articles? Log out.

Really, I'm a pro.

It's not that I'm naive and pretend like evil doesn't exist.

It's just that I rather not hear about it.

This, I realize, is an awful attitude to have.

But, the more I fixate on the negative things of this world, the more fear has a chance to overcome my body.

Kind of like how I think every creak in my house late at night is a serial killer coming to chop me into pieces simply because I constantly listen to true crime podcasts and binge-watch Netflix murder documentaries.

The more I subject my mind to something, the more my thoughts start to become obsessed with twisting and altering reality to put that topic in the forefront of my life.

Lately, I've been trying to avoid the news at all costs (as per usual), but it seems as though it is unavoidable.

Everywhere I turn, there is talk of a new war, the constant bashing of political figures, and a seemingly doomed attitude that the world is going to end and we're all going to die.

Really, this is where my mind goes as I fixate on every little thing I hear.

I read one tweet that there is going to be World War III and my heart literally sank to my knees.

This is it, we're all going to die. Why am I even alive?

Do you see why I avoid the news?

My mind is slightly psychotic, so it takes a mile if given even a millimeter.

Then I remembered the Israelites. And how many times they were brought into battles they were sure to lose.

Or Daniel, surrounded by ravenous lions.

Or David, running for his life from people who wanted to murder him.

Or Jesus, walking to His death.

No matter what the situation looked like, all of these people kept their faith by keeping their eyes fixated on their God. Their circumstances were scary, their futures were dark. But God had a different plan. God knew the outcome and He knew that He would carry His plan through for His glory.

The Israelites made it to the Promised land.

Daniel made it out of the lion's den, untouched.

David became king.

Jesus' death brought undeserved grace for all, breaking the law covenant FOREVER.

I'm not worried about what the future holds, because I know my God is in control.

It may seem like the world is turning against Christians, and that there is no hope for humanity. But God sees it differently.

Didn't He promise to never leave or forsake us? (Joshua 1:5)

Didn't He say He would help us fight? (Isaiah 41:13)

Didn't He say He works ALL things out for the good of those who love Him? (Romans 8:28)

Didn't He say we already hold the victory?

(Psalm 60:12)

Why, then, are we fixating our thoughts and eyes on the things of this world? Why are we gaining our hope and faith from news sources? Why are we allowing fear to take over, and silence the promises that are written in the Bible?

Let's change our focus. I'm not saying to ignore what's going on, and I'm not saying to stand back and do nothing.

If God is calling you to pray, pray.

If God is calling you to go, go.

If God is calling you to believe, believe.

No matter what you are called to do, do it with hope. Don't do it with fear.

Silence the lies. Because victory is, and has always been, His!

Keep your eyes fixated on the One who is in control.

Do not fear. You are seen, and you are loved.

No matter what, we will be okay.

We will be, victorious.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." - Psalm 121 ♡


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