How do you recover a lost focus? What do you do when the mission you are were created for becomes fuzzy?

Over the last two weeks I have really felt like my focus is off. It is usually at this point where I return to scripture to remind me where I am going and what my mission truly is.

Jesus found himself in this position during his ministry. What did he do?

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, ‘“Everyone is looking for you.’”

But Jesus replied, ‘“We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.’” – Mark 1:35-38

The night before this passage occurs, Jesus spent pretty much the whole day healing many people. While this was a good thing for the people it distracted Jesus from His mission. So He pulled away and communicated with His father. When found by the apostles Jesus had a renewed sense of purpose and direction. “I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”

I think I found my starting point for coming back into focus. Time alone, in prayer with my Heavenly Father. Not just the prayers of my requests but honest meaningful prayer in which my heart is shared deeply with my Creator and Sustainer.

With His direction, I can be reminded of what my mission and purpose is on this earth. Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live and move and exist.”

These times of solitude and prayer were something that Jesus did more than once. In fact, He and the disciples frequently went to the Garden to pray. That is an example that all of us, in the busyness of 21st century, need to be following.

The next step is to act upon what I have learned. In this case, I need to set aside a specific time to communicate with God away from the noise and chaos of life in the 21st century.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The LORD works out everything for his own ends…In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. – Proverbs 16:3,9”

Who better to consult with on the issues of life than the one who created life.

As a committed Jesus Follower, I need to become better at following this example of solitude with God. Please pray that I find time to spend in honest communication with God and that I would make it a priority.

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