Archive for April, 2011


Friday, April 15th, 2011

How has your focus been?

How has your focus been?  The last time we talked, it was about the importance of Focus. God is wanting to do great things in our lives, but it’s going to take Focus on our part. Here are some great things to Focus on:

  1. Identify your priorities.  Matthew 22:35-40; Matthew 6:33
  2. Identify your gifts, strengths and abilities. Romans 11:29
  3. Identify and discover the dream, plan and vision that God has for your life.  Proverbs 29:18

Today, I would like us to answer the question “How do we Focus?” Learning to focus is very important in any area of life if we’re to become all that God has called us to become. Focus in itself is not really natural for most people, so here are some things we can do to learn how to focus:

REMOVE DISTRACTIONS: This is very important because all of us have plenty of things to do and can spend a lot of time doing things that aren’t really important or don’t give us the return in life that God desires for us.

Luke 10:38-42 Amplified –  “Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.  But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by

saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

Are you too busy and overly occupied?  Are you going a lot of different directions and not getting much accomplished?  Maybe you’re like that octopus on roller skates –  there’s a lot of motion but you’re not going anywhere!  Today I want to encourage you to be like Mary and choose to keep your focus in the right place and remove distractions.  To remove distractions, do first things first.  Not easy things first or hard things first, but first things first.  Once you locate your priorities, then keep practicing them and you will be able to see the distractions disappear.  Jesus Himself said that when we remove distractions and focus on the right things, it would be to our advantage.  Removing distractions gives you the advantage!

MAKE TIME TO FOCUS: Ephesians 5:15-17 Amplified — “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

We must make time to focus.  Studies show that we can lose up to 40% efficiency jumping from one thing to the next.  If we don’t make time to focus we can spend the whole day doing things that just steal our time and our time is the currency of life.  What you do with your time will determine what you become.  To protect your time, try not returning emails or phone calls before a certain time of the day.  Don’t allow things to rob you of your time.  Learn to set up boundaries for yourself and you will be thankful for all the things you will be able to get done when you make time to focus.

LEARN TO SET GOALS: Paul shares this important truth with us in Philippians 3:13,14 — “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.”

These are things that can change our lives if we will focus on them.  Today, make the decision to forget the bad things that have happened to you in the past because when you really think about it, you can’t change it anyway, so let it go and move forward.  Everything that God has for you is in your future, not behind you, so go forward, strain, keep stepping, and press toward the goals that will help you become who God desires you to be.  A goal simply gives you something to focus on.  A goal is not a final destination, it’s just something that gives you direction.  So even if your goals are small they will be helpful if they keep you going in the right direction.  So please learn to set goals, then focus on them.

Each of us here at Forever Cowboys wants to see you be all that God has called you to be and we want to see God show up in your life more than ever before.  Stay Focused!

 

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Don’t Lose Your Focus!

We are so excited about what God has in store for you this year!  God wants to reveal Himself to you more than ever before.  Coming into this year, the Lord kept bringing Isaiah 41:10 up in my heart and this is what it says:

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”  (Isaiah 41:10 amplified)

No matter where you are in life or what you’re going through, God wants to help you.  The verse above is good all the way through, but the part that keeps jumping out at me is where it says “do not look around you in terror and be dismayed.”  One of the things He’s saying right there is, “Do Not Lose Focus!”

For God to do His part of strengthening us, helping us, and holding us up with His victorious right hand, we must do our part.  Which is to “Not Lose Focus!”

As you’re reading this you might be saying to yourself, “That’s nice, but you don’t have any idea how many things I have going on in my life right now.”  Or maybe you’re asking the question, “What do I focus on?”  Well, first know that we all have a lot going on in our lives and we always will.  But in order for God to show up and for us to know Him more than ever before, we must learn to Focus.

Focus can lift every area of your life to new heights.  It can bring energy and power to almost anything you do.  It can help us develop within our relationship with God, with people, in sports, business, family, school, financially and the list could go on and on.  But let me ask you this question:  “Does everything you’re involved in deserve your focus?”  The answer, of course, is NO! We must choose carefully the target of our focus. Let me share some things that can help you decide what to focus on.

IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES

The bible lets us know who and what should be our first priorities.

“… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).” This is the great (and most important) first commandment.  And a second like it is:  “You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39, Amplified)

Our first place of focus should be on loving God and loving people!  From this place of relationship with God and with the correct people, we can determine the other places that deserve our focus.  We want to focus on the areas that give us the greatest return and our relationship with God and the right people will always give us the greatest return.

Remember:  God wants to strengthen us, to help us, and to hold us up with His victorious right hand, but it will take focus on our part!

DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS

“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].” (Romans 11:29, Amplified)

From your relationship with God, discover your gifts, strengths, abilities and talents and then focus to develop them.  If you don’t know these things in your life, first of all ask God but also ask the people that are closest to you; people who love you and have watched your life for some period of time.  Another thing you can do is take a personality test.  There are several out there online to help you with this.  Also, look back at the areas where you have shined or succeeded in the past.  Once you begin to locate some of these, then begin to focus your energies in these areas.

Once again, remember:  God wants to show up and reveal Himself in every area of our life but it will take focus!

DISCOVER AND DEVELOP YOUR DREAM

Once your relationship with God is your number-one priority and you begin to discover the gifts and abilities that God Himself has placed in you, then start to focus on the dream and vision that He has for you.

“Where there is no vision, people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18)

God has a dream and a plan for your life and He wants you to discover it. How do you do this? First, of course, is to focus on the one who created you and knows the plan, vision and dream He has for you — God!  While you are spending time with God or even just living life and your mind continues to return to a certain area, then that might be part of God’s dream for you.  Another principle is to help other people fulfill the vision that they have received from God, which can set you up to receive the vision that God has for you, too.  But once again, this will take focus on your part.

Today I want to encourage you to make a decision to focus.  Focus on your relationship with God and the right people.  Take time to focus on discovering your gifts, strengths and abilities and as you are focusing on these things, I believe that God’s vision for your life will start to unfold for you!

Let’s focus like we never have before and let’s watch God do things in our lives and in the lives of others like we’ve never seen before!  Let’s Focus!

We want you to know that we love each and every one of you.  We believe in you and want to be a part of helping you be the best you that you can be!  Not only have we been a part of your life but you’ve also been a part of ours and we know together we can accomplish God’s will on Earth.  We appreciate the part you play in helping us fulfill God’s plan, whether it’s by being a friend to those in your sphere of influence, through prayer, by financial support or by helping us at some of the upcoming events.  You are important to us and we appreciate you very much.  We are praying for you and are expecting great things for your life!