There has never been a time in history with so many distractions. A recent study showed that the average person checked their phone over 85 times per day to see what emails have arrived or what had posted on their social media. The total time spent looking at their phone totaled as much as one third of the time they spent awake. With so many distractions today tugging at our attention, I believe it is critical that we all make an intentional effort to focus on the things that are most important.
The Apostle Paul was a great example of extreme focus. In Philippians 3:13 he said: “Brother, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead. I press on towards the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus…”
Paul said there is but “One” thing I do. He did not say there are many things I do well or many things I would like to do. He said there is but one.
My two primary takeaways from Paul’s teaching is the importance of having:
1. Clarity in your life’s mission
2. Purity in your motives
I believe we should all follow Paul’s example and practice extreme focus when it comes to the things that are most important to us. Paul shows us that it is more important to master one thing than it is to dabble in many. I challenge you to make the time to apply clarity to your life’s mission, to maintain pure motives and pursue that “One” thing with extreme focus.