Fix Your Focus

My dad’s camera was one of the prized possessions I claimed after his death. Picturing him behind it is one of my enduring photography-603036_1920childhood memories. The old Nikon is truly a relic, but still fully functional. However, it has taken some effort and research for me to figure out how to use it.

In the beginning, I didn’t really understand how all the lenses and functions worked. I’m still no expert, but I have learned a little.

First, I had to figure out which lens to use and then I had to manually work the focus. I took it to several of my sons’ baseball games this spring to practice. I won’t tell you how many rolls of film I clicked through. It is funny how digital photography has shaped the way we think about picture taking. On my phone with 64 gigs of memory I can take nearly as many photos as I could ever want. But with a roll of film you are limited to 23 or 24, so you’d better make them good.

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distracting-details-fadeTo capture the image clearly, you have to use the right lens. Longer lenses are made for distance shots, like a kid out in center field catching a fly ball, but they are no good for capturing spectators on the bleachers next to me. In fact, using the wrong lens can really ruin the photograph.

Once I choose the right lens for the shot and line up the image in the view finder, I have to slowly turn the focus to make sure the image will render correctly and clearly. And when I narrow the focus on my intended image, the rest becomes blurry and distracting details fade into the background.

To manage our stress this holiday season, we have to consider what memories we want to capture. Are we focusing on the temporal or the eternal? Have we fixed our eyes on pleasing man or being pleasing to God? Do we see more of what needs to be done than what has already been done for us? Decide today what you want to remember ten years from now and focus on capturing that image.

Let’s polish up our long distance lenses to view this season so we can look beyond all that tries to distract us from the true meaning of Christmas. Then we manually and intentionally adjust our focus so that only Jesus is clear and true and bright and watch in amazement as all else fades away. This will ensure we are left with only the very best memories of this holiday season.

To untangle the mess of holiday stress, we fix our focus on Christ.

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But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;

in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

Psalm 141:8

 

For more insight on untangling the mess of holiday stress see these other posts:

Part 1: Untangling the Mess of Holiday Stress

Part 3:  Fill Up Before You Fall Out

Part 4: Decide with Priorities Not Pride

Part 5:  Restore with Regular Rest

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22 thoughts on “Fix Your Focus

  1. Visiting from Word of God Speaks link up. Thanks for sharing this. It is so easy to get so scattered and lose focus in the busyness of the season. A very important reminder! I want to join you in fixing my eyes on what is important to the Lord and not get caught up in the temporal. May your soul be refreshed as you focus on Him! Sweet Blessings, Cheryl

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl! It is SO easy to lose focus. I pray we’ll be surrounded by people who will help remind us to hone in on what’s really important this season and always! Blessings!

  2. Yes, we must as there can be far too much that takes us away…far away…from the Savior and His coming. I love the old camera. It reminds me of the one my father took so many photos from behind.

    My intention is to be focused and know the one and only photo I shall take with my mind’s eyes is that of Jesus. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for the reminder today! It is so easy, especially at this time of year, to get caught up in little things with little eternal value. I needed to remember and be given permission to refocus.

  4. Liz, that’s a great observation about the need to make each shot a good one when you are limited to 23 or 24 pictures. I guess the same can be said for years, days, moments … we have limited quantities of those too (though it’s usually not a known quantity), and so we need to make the most of them. Not in a create-more-pressure way, but in a slow-down-and-pay-attention way. I think you’re right … it’s all about focus. 🙂

  5. So true that focus makes such a difference. The same situation viewed with a different focus can change our mood and our response. It’s important to remember especially at Christmas when there is so much that could distract us.

    1. Yes, Lesley! Depending on where we focus our situations can look vastly different. Focusing on Jesus is the only unchanging place to rest our eyes and find the peace He gives. Blessings!

    1. So true… one of two times when the focus should be all on Him has been clouded by commercialism. Praying I can keep Him in focus this year and always! Blessings, Rachel!

  6. Liz, I love this: “Decide today what you want to remember ten years from now and focus on capturing that image.” It really confirms what i’very been thinking about for this holiday season. My son comes for just 3 weeks, and then I may not see him another year. So I want to be sure to leave my schedule free. Also my Turkish daughter comes “home” for just 3 days, so I want to keep my Christmas dinner (we do it the night of the 24th) simple, so I can enjoy her instead of being in the kitchen the whole time.

  7. What a sweet memory! My son is so into taking pictures right now. He has a super-duper camera with different lenses. When I took it on vacation, I had to get a lesson from him about all the different features, and how to take a picture for different situations! This is such a valuable way to look at how we can keep our focus on God this season. I’ve committed to spending time with Him each day this month, and also purposefully acknowledging His presence all throughout the day. Thank you for this great illustration friend:)

  8. This short phrase: “look beyond.” Seeing is foundational to walking well and where we look has the power to change everything. Thanks for sharing today.

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