Yesterday was a typical Sunday morning for me. I arrived at the church and went through my normal routine....walked through the building, turned on lights, adjusted the A/C, etc. After that comes worship practice at 8:30. Then, I typically venture out to the foyer for a bottle of water. After that, I head over to the Kid's Check-in area to make sure the computer is ready and the workers have arrived.
At this moment, my normal routine changed. I was talking to one of the parents when I received a phone call from a Kid's worker. Our powered mixer that controls the sound for the Kid's Church was acting up. I immediately headed upstairs to the Kid's Church and walked into the door less than 30 minutes before service. After looking at the board and making sure that everything was plugged in right, I realized something major was wrong. I called our sound guy who is incredible at these things. The two of us had installed this system and I figured two heads were better than one. While he worked on diagnosing the problem, I worked on Plan B...another powered mixer that our college ministry had used. Plan B was set in motion and I walked into the green room just in time to pray with the worship team before we headed out.
I went from focused on building relationships and leading people into worship to crisis management (ok, that may be a bit too much hyperbole, but I assure you it was a crisis to our Kid's workers who needed the sound for their curriculum and worship songs). The lesson is there are things that rob your focus. Some of these things are good things....an unexpected call from a friend or family member, etc. Other things are negative, like a crisis or situation that must be handled. At the end of the day, we control our minds. We control what we allow to steal our focus from where it needs to be.
This can also happen in our spiritual life. Hebrews reminds us to keep our focus on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) states, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne."
My challenge to you today is keep your focus on Jesus and strip off the things that are robbing you of your focus and the sin that will trip you up.