The world is full of many needs. In fact, at every turn there is much to do and there’s more work than workers to get the job done. At the same time, individually we cannot do everything and must learn the wisdom of adopting a focused vision.
Perhaps all too often we’re just focused on our own needs that we don’t take the time to notice the needs of those around us. To be sure, life is not just about us and we must develop a heart of compassion for the hardships and struggles of others.
All the same, we don’t have the bandwidth to care for every need brought to our attention. And this is especially true in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.
We’re constantly bombarded with heartbreaking and desperate situations from just down the street and from across the globe as well. And there’s some natural human reaction to be concerned with all these things. Perhaps we just want to be informed citizens and in the know. Or maybe part of us wants to rally the troops and help in any way we can.
The challenge is in learning and fully embracing the part we can play in making an impact for good.
Of course, this means we can’t stay on the sidelines self-absorbed in our own personal world. But this doesn’t mean we allow ourselves to become lost and ineffective trying to care for every need either.
A better approach is developing a focused vision – keen eyes for the battlefront God has personally called us to.
For instance, Peter had the responsibility of delivering the good news of Jesus Christ to the Jews, while the focus of Paul’s ministry was to the Gentiles. While this good news was for everyone, and certainly there was some overlap, each still had his own lane to focus on as it were.
And the same remains true for us today.
Our work becomes unproductive when we try to do it all. Developing a focused vision helps us to stay grounded in those areas in which we can make a difference.
Instead of spreading yourself too thin, how will focus your vision help you to advance the battlefront God has called you to personally?