FRIENDLY FIRE | Fix Your Focus

Fix Your Focus

If we don’t have our relationship with God right, and our relationship with ourself right, then we will never get our relationship with others right.

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
— Matthew 6:31-7:7

Four Areas of Focus

1. Finding or Becoming

The only way you’ll have the right people in your life is if you’ll be the right person in your heart.

We’re so focused on the catching that we don’t even pay attention to the commitment that is required.

2. Then or Now

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." -Corrie ten Boom

A lot of relationships are sabotaged before they ever begin, because the issues haven’t been dealt with.

It’s cool to think about tomorrow. To plan for the future. To think about your hopes and dreams.
But we can’t live there!

It’s about focus. The only way to tomorrow is through today, so you have to live in the here and now.

3. Not or Got

"A lot of people fear intimacy, because I don’t want you to see 'in-to-me.'" -Steven Furtick

In any relationship, in any situation... you choose what you magnify. And the reality is, what you magnify you get more of.

4. Theirs or Mine

You can’t get your vertical relationship with God right, if you won’t get your horizontal relationships with others right.
But you also can’t get your horizontal relationships right until you’re vertical relationship is right.

Love your neighbor as yourself is a command, but it’s also indicative of how we view ourselves.