guard your heart

The Effect of Your Focus

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?

Focus on JesusPhotography has long been a therapeutic hobby of mine.  I find great delight in capturing images that bring joy to my soul.  If you follow my Sivils and Gold page on Facebook, you’ll quickly see that my children and/or dogs are usually the subject of my pictures.  Pictures are especially important to me because they take me back to a time otherwise forgotten.  They are keys to all of my favorite memories.  I am not the world’s best photographer, but over the years, I have found my niche and know my limits.

A few weeks ago I was asked to do Senior portraits for the son of a close friend. I was hesitant because of how important the pictures would be to the family.  I made my friend promise that if she was not 100% happy with them that she’d take her son to a professional photographer.  Since I do not charge, she wouldn’t be out any money.  She happily agreed.  We spent a few hours one Saturday going to various locations to shoot the pictures.  Towards the end of our session, it began to rain; so we called it a day.  Once I got home and began editing the pictures, I was mostly pleased with the pictures, but noticed towards the end of our shoot, several of the images were blurred (meaning they were out of focus).  In an attempt to “beat the rain”, I did not take the time to carefullyIMG_6562 make sure that the pictures were as sharp as the ones at the beginning of our session.  I was able to do some fixes in the editing, but once an image is out of focus, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to improve it.  We did end up with several great pictures that the family appreciated, but I deleted a few without showing anyone because of the obvious imperfections.

A few days after I’d sent the pictures to the family, the Holy Spirit nudged my heart.  He reminded me that a life that isn’t focused on Christ is filled with distractions and can also become a blur if not corrected.  Hebrews 12 1b-2a (NIV) says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  When our eyes are fixed on Christ, life becomes more focused and better balanced.

Creating a focused photograph directly depends on the amount of light that passes through the lens of the camera.  Creating a focused life directly depends on the amount of light that passes through the lens of our heart.  John 4:5 (NLT) tells us, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”  As we spend time in the Bible and in prayer, the light of Jesus shines brighter in our lives.  It causes shadows to dissipate and brings us more in line with His perfect plan for each of us.

Proverbs 4 talks about ways to attain wisdom.  Two of the ways are described in verses 23 and 25 (NLT).  “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”

As you go out this next week, I pray that your eyes are fixed on Jesus.  When He is the subject of “the big picture” of your life, the distractions of this world will fade away.


Have a blessed week, y’all!