We entered the year 2020 with goals accomplished or incomplete, depending on whether we connected our mission to the vision. Nevertheless, our intentions played a major role in our movements. Intentions are simply an idea we plan to carry out. They can be good or bad, evil or humanitarian, greedy or generous. Intentions are our goals, purposes or aim to carry out a plan. They are the purest form of transparency when revealed because they represent our thoughts, desires and ideas.
Intentions are important. They provide a framework to set priorities and align ourselves with the resources we need to manifest our goals. A strong, positive and energized intention is likely to repel that which is not in alignment with it. Whereas a strong, positive and energized intention will attract the essence of what it is. This process of setting and working towards our intentions says we are serious and focused. Focus means to concentrate on something in particular, to fix on a central point. Focus is the gateway to all thinking. It builds momentum, increases our effectiveness and reduces stress; without it we become overwhelmed. Focus is like a laser: a coherent and focused beam of photons. Simply put, a tight beam of light. If the light is interrupted temporally by a solid object, the light is immediately restored as soon as the object is removed; that’s focus.
Satan’s focus was on evil, while Jesus’s focus was the Kingdom of God. All leaders whether evil or good have focus. Inconsistency will destroy focus and raise tension internally or corporately, whereas unmanaged distractions, whether external or internal, will interrupt and sometimes destroy focus as well. Beware of these.
Jesus is the perfect example of focus, all the way to the cross and beyond. He gave us His Spirit, whose mission is to lead and guide us into all truth...focus. In 2020, let’s focus on our Kingdom objective, thus bringing our intentions in line with God’s mission. We need an anticipated outcome that guides our planned actions. Since thoughts precede every action, and action determines results, we must choose our thoughts and intentions well.
Danish philosopher and religious author Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” Let’s fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all we’ve learned and received from the Spirit of God. Then the God of peace will be with us.
If, as the japanese proverb claims, “vision without action is a daydream and action without vision is a nightmare,” then what could “focus with a Heavenly revelation” bring about? May our consuming focus for 2020 be the Father’s Kingdom.
By Charles Sanders, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director