Focus by JW Kaiser
Recently I had the opportunity to surf with some pros. There really is a big difference between surfers who surf for a living, who train and surf consistently, and the rest of us “regular” surfers. It almost looks like they are doing something completely different out on the water.
While trying to learn a thing or two in that session, I noticed that one of the tools they use is to focus on the next section ahead of them. Their entire posture shifts accordingly. Once they are committed to the turn, air, or next maneuver, their focus is already on to the next section. It’s fundamental surfing but they make it look so natural.
Unfortunately for me, what I find natural is to focus on where I fall short in surfing, and sometimes (and more importantly) in life. I’m very quick to focus on my sin and brokenness rather than what God is doing in and through me. I’m learning to focus on what the scriptures encourage us to focus on,
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about (focus on) such things.” Phil. 4:8
If we can shift our focus from sin, brokenness and doubt to the fruit of God’s Spirit in us and to the beauty of Jesus Christ, our spiritual, emotional and even physical posture will change. Thank God I don’t have to focus on myself. I’m no pro in surfing or in life, but Jesus is perfecting me as I focus on Him!