Week 5: 40 Days of Focus
12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
Philippians 12-14 MSG
As we continue our journey towards focus there is a looming question that must be answered: Why? Why do you do what you do? Why do you want to succeed? Why do you need clarity? Why is this next season of your life so important? All of these questions are aimed at helping you figure out what is the driving force behind your journey. In the above passage the Apostle Paul makes it clear that his goal is to pursue God’s plan for his life. Paul was not perfect. Paul was no expert. Paul’s journey had many bumps in the road. Yet he remained focused on the journey ahead by declaring that he was not turning back.
Your “why” is one of the most powerful weapons you can have in your arsenal. Its your “why” that gives you the drive to push through. As a college athlete I had the opportunity to be an All-American and one of the All Time greats at my position (statistically speaking). It wasn’t because of my physical talents. There were others who were faster, stronger, bigger, quicker and smarter. One of the things that really allowed me to succeed was my “why”. What most people never saw were the moments when I wanted to quit during my freshman year or the times I was discouraged by others. During those moments is my “why” that carried me. As we embarked on this journey my “why” was again clear. I believe the next season of my life will be the culmination of years of praying, serving, learning, loving and leading. In other words, my next assignment will bring together all that God has taught me. I believe it will be what God has been preparing me for all along. Because of the magnitude of this moment, I need to be clear. The next season will not be all sunny days. There will be trials and hardships along the way but my “why” will help me with those moments. This is why I am encouraging you to find your own. What is your “why”? It may be the difference between giving up too soon and pushing through.