Puttin' on the Blinders: How to Keep Our Focus on Christ
- Wednesday, July 19, 2006
When I'm tempted to pause along my path, I try to mentally block out what I see in this visible, physical world and re-focus on the invisible Christ. Then, as Paul put it, I can "fix [my] eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Distracted from Our Destination
I remember one clown in a parade allowing her horse to drift toward the curb to sniff and nibble at giggling children. But drifting toward distractions can be dangerous.
My husband, Hal, a highway patrolman, says the biggest danger to him is the inattention of other drivers. "If a driver stares at my patrol car, he'll tend to drive straight toward it," Hal says. "We drift toward what we focus on."
Ephesians 2:10 tells us there are "good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." But even church and Christian friends can draw us off course when asking us to join a ministry, teach a class, hold an office, lead a Bible study... If I'm not careful, taking on tasks God never intended for me can keep me from doing the work Christ has uniquely called me to accomplish.
In Acts 6, "...the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food" (vs. 1). The Twelve might have been distracted by this worthy cause, but they said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables" (vs. 2). They found others to carry out the ministry to the widows. These men had their spiritual blinders firmly in place and their eyes focused on the work God had uniquely called them to accomplish.
Spiritual blinders help me focus on the unique work God has called me to do — nothing more, so I will accomplish nothing less.
Dependent on the Handler
While blinders can help us focus, they also limit our vision causing us to be more dependent on our guide and handler. Limited vision forces us to wait for guidance and to trust the Handler’s course. But we can depend on Him to lead us past the scary shadows, beyond the sideline temptations, and through distractions. When we choose to put on blinders to outside influences, we are better able to "fix our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2) and walk straight toward Him, our destination.
Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.
Dianne E. Butts has written for over 50 Christian magazines and a dozen compilation books, most recently Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul II and A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Women. Her work has been printed in
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