How can one focus when there is so much noise? Is it possible to be single minded when everyone is in information overload? Can one keep the aim straight and true as distraction after distraction presents itself?
I find myself in puzzled awe as I read about those at the top of what they do. I know there are exceptions but it seems that the norm is simply this; the best put in the hours, days, weeks, months, and years to be and stay the best. Want to be a golfer? Do you eagerly look at spending seven plus hours a day, six days a week practicing? Interested in being a football players; will you invest the dedicated days, weeks, months, and years, hot weather and cold, rain and sun?
The examples do not end with sports. Business, medicine, law, even politics all require the same level of engagement! The question is never what it takes to get to the top, rather if you or I am willing to pay the price.
In this context there two questions haunt me without relief. Am I in the business of holiness? Do compassion, mercy, unconditional acceptance dominate my life?
If I ever take on the challenge of holiness with a conviction to release myself into the center of God, then the question of focus will be even more critical. John’s advice then takes on a new meaning. “Let evildoers do their worst and the dirty-minded go all out in pollution, but let the righteous maintain a straight course and the holy continue on in holiness.” (Revelation 22.11)
I could present logical facts and figures as to why the choice of compassion and mercy should be yours and mine. I passionately believe the choice is obvious. Yet given that I have not made it fully, who am I to suggest that this is the choice for another? So many distractions, diversions that seem important in the moment, are here at my invitation. I can encourage you to grabble with the dilemma. It is a struggle worthy of life itself!