Fresh Hope – 5th August 2020

Whatever has your attention has your heart and soul. Be careful what becomes your focus, your centre of attention. 

What you give your attention to is that which has a relentless pull on your life. It could be a substance or activity that becomes so compulsive it ultimately interferes with your everyday life. 

Many of us have lost our awareness of God, because our attention is no longer on Him. We have become distracted. We feel far from God, we no longer hear from Him, we are struggling to remember who we ourselves are. 

What we give our attention to is what we become. When our heart and soul’s attention shifts from our maker to the various other pulls in our lives (distractions), we lose ourselves and connection to God. 

Bottom line, at the end our lives, our life was no more than what we gave our attention to. See how important our focus is? 

Every yes, is a thousand nos. Be careful what things you give your attention to. That which you say, ‘yes’ to. 

We achieve inner peace, when our attention is in the right order. ‘Seek first the kingdom and the rest will be sorted’ (Matthew 6:33). 

Distraction is the biggest threat to our faith today. It is not only damaging on our emotional health, but our spirituality. 

If you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed, burnt out, experiencing little, if any, of the presence of God, the inability to make sense of yourself or life, then your attention could be out of whack. Maybe you are getting distracted by the wrong things. 

I have recently been trying to give, just 10 minutes a day, undistracted, to sit in silence and listen to God. I’m training myself. I have had let go of wildly ambitious attempts of hour-long quiet times, and I am aiming for a mere, but consistent, 10 minutes a day. 10 minutes where I don’t bombard God will all my wants and needs. 10 minutes where I’m not consuming content (podcasts, books, studies – as great as they are). Just 10 minutes where I’m not doing anything, I’m just listening and being! 

Maybe you too can give that a try now! Set your stopwatch. 10 minutes of attention on God – Go!

Emma Burchell

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