When one of our little boys, Jai, was learning to talk he would just give one word sentences. He learned our names and special foods but the word he used the most, and the loudest, was BUS.
We’d be driving along in the car and all of a sudden Jai would shout out BUS! BUS! We’d look around and sure enough there’d be a bus just up ahead.
It was lovely to see him so excited about something and so clever to put a word to an object. To begin with we’d give him a hand by pointing out buses he could delight in. And sure enough, whenever he noticed it he’d proudly exclaim BUS!
In time, however, he became very quick to see a bus before we did. I’d be driving along, looking at the road and the surrounds, and suddenly I’d hear BUS! BUS! shouted from the back seat. I’d look around quickly and not notice anything but just as I was about to correct Jai and tell him there was no bus, I’d notice one in the distance. Sure enough he’d seen the bus, way before anyone else, and told us all about it!
This bus fixation was incredible and lasted for months. When we were in the car, all we would hear from Jai was BUS! BUS! Because of his laser focus on buses he became super efficient in finding them.
I appreciate this attention to just one target. When we can solely focus on something we can develop in that area so much more than when our attention is divided. Often, as adults, our attention is divided in many different areas.
We are thinking about work, family, relationships, what’s for dinner, how we’re going to pay bills, sports agendas, social calendar… the list goes on and on. Juggling a lot of balls is important, but I think it’s good to sometimes allow ourselves some sole focus time. Particularly when it comes to God.
Jesus, being God, would have been perfect at everything. But even He set aside time to just solely focus on God.
Life can get busy and chaotic but let’s not forget to focus on the most important thing in our lives… God.
What do you struggle to give your undivided attention?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.