Stay Focused.

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:21

Kids aren’t the only ones who have accidents.

On Sunday, I decided to take a Zoom call (the new normal) outside by the pool at my brother’s house. He has these beautiful patio tables that have one-inch horizontal gaps at the surface for design purposes.

I placed my brand new iPad on the table and adjusted the angle by propping it up with an extra-large bottle of hand sanitizer. Out of nowhere, my iPad slipped through one of the gaps and fell on the concrete patio.

I panicked and prayed that the case and screen protector saved it from any cracks.

Wishful thinking.

When I picked up my iPad, I saw that the bottom right corner of my screen was cracked along with some other cosmetic damage to the sides of the tablet.

My hopes and dreams of keeping my iPad in perfect condition were now crushed. But that wasn’t the only thing crushed—my focus was too.

I didn’t have much time to sulk in my problem because I had to be on the Zoom call. For nearly an hour on the call, thoughts of what I did and how I was going to fix my tablet keep running through my mind.

My iPad is only three months old, will Apple replace it? I just couldn’t focus. I’m ashamed to admit that during the call I even started googling to see what my options were.

One of the leaders on the call was pouring out his heart, and I was googling how to fix my iPad. How terrible is that?

After the call, I felt God convicting me, and I immediately thought of a scripture verse.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:21

I realized that I treasured something that can break at any moment. And my heart was so attached to my tablet that I allowed myself to be distracted during a ministry call.

We say that we treasure the Word of God above everything, but the moment we’re tested, we fail. At least, I did. I didn't know how much I truly valued my tablet until the screen was cracked.

I ordered a replacement iPad within ten minutes, but I sacrificed an hour of ministry for a ten-minute solution. My focus was in the wrong place.

The good news is that even when we fail, God is still waiting at the door for us to let Him back in. Devices may fail us. People may fail us. We may fail us, but God never will.

There’s so much going on in the world today that can distract us from focusing on God. But just like putting on a pair of noise-canceling headphones, we have to tune out the noise of the world and not be distracted by what’s going on around us.

Our equivalent to noise-canceling headphones is the Word of God, which is the only thing that remains constant.

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

- Isaiah 40:8

Through the situation with my iPad, God showed me where my heart truly was. Where's your heart? What are you focused on?

Obstacles and challenges may come, but don’t let them take your eyes off of God. Stay focused, and you will be victorious.

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- Mags

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