Do you know people who have tunnel vision . . . focused on a single objective or point of view?
Do you have tunnel vision?
I asked myself a few questions lately wondering if I ever refuse to look at the perspective God wants for me because of my stubborn narrow focus.
* How often do I look through a tunnel of want, need, goals, or objectives and miss the wonder God has planned for me. I can easily miss the magnificent while focused on the mundane!
* How many times have I grabbed the tunnel of judgment focused on someone else’s mess, while ignoring the obstacle course right in front of me.
* How often do I peer through the tunnel of envy . . . wanting what others are enjoying; failing to notice the mounds of blessings God has stacked around me.
How often do I let tunnel vision cause me all kinds of struggles mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
And yet . . . are there any benefits to having tunnel vision?
If our tunnel vision is focused on Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, there is no limit to what you and I will be able to see.
Focused on Jesus, we can see beyond our circumstances, our desires, and the mundane moments of life to God’s unlimited possibilities. Focused on Jesus our narrow world of self opens up to a world that includes loving others. Focused on Jesus our world is colored with hope.
Yes, there are no limits when our tunnel vision is focused on Jesus.
The Word tells us:
I am never alone…
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:39–39
I have strength for every situation…
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.Philippians 4:13
I have love to share with others…
Dear friends, let us love each other because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God.1 John 4:7
I have everything I need…
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
So, let’s pause to pray and ask God to give us tunnel vision that is focused on Jesus.
A Prayer for Tunnel Vision Focused on Jesus
Father, give me tunnel vision! By the power of the Spirit, help me seek You with all of my heart. Help me set my heart and mind on Jesus and all that You have given me through Him.
Jesus is the author and perfecter of my faith. (Hebrews 12:2) He gives me hope for the future. (Ephesians 4:4) Jesus is my source of courage and strength. (1 Peter 5:10) He gives me freedom from the guilt and shame of my sin. (Galatians 3:22) He makes it possible for me to have peace that goes beyond understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
Thank you for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to save us. Thank you for making it possible for me to Know, Trust, and Love You through Jesus . . . Son of God and Son of Man. I give myself to You. Please help me live and love in ways that bring You glory. Amen.
Brother Lawrence called it “practicing the presence of God.”
“Why should we be satisfied with a brief moment of worship? With such meager devotion, we restrain the flow of God’s abundant grace. If God can find a soul filled with a lively faith, He pours His grace into it in a torrent which, having found an open channel, gushes out exuberantly.” ~ Brother Lawrence
And Isaiah said:
You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.Isaiah 26:3–4
Trust in the Lord forever, because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock!
May we surrender to the Lord each day asking Him to help us practice tunnel vision . . . that we might be filled with His love and the strength we need to trust His will.
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