Our van has a DVD player in it and it is amazing how much more you hear when you can’t see the screen. Recently my kids were enjoying the movie “Up” and I found myself laughing out loud every time Doug the dog would say, “Squirrel!” I thought it was funny how obvious his apparent lack of focus was in the movie. However, after many months of struggling with certain situations in my own life, I realize I’m in the same boat. I just don’t yell “squirrel” and make it obvious to those around me.
When faced with struggles or circumstances, I suggest to fall back on 2 simple questions, “where is your focus and what is your plan?” Keep in mind, being focused is more than just staying on task, it is also organizing your thoughts!
The Word of God says in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “casting down arguments (thoughts) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
In order to accomplish 2 Corinthians 10:5 – you must also learn that it’s a process. When David fought Goliath – he had already been through a process of successes by first killing the lion and the bear. When it came time to fight the giant, David was confident in the plan and knew that God would fight for him as He had done in the past. And God did.
It’s not that you have a struggle in life… it’s how you organize your thoughts and plan to deal with it. Anything that tells you something negative about yourself, friends, family, or even about your enemies should be cast down. Depending on the circumstances, you might need to do this hourly! But through it all, you will recognize that it’s a process. The process was so successful to David that when he went to face Goliath, he picked up 5 smooth stones – rather than just 1. His intention was not a back up plan in case the first stone missed, but rather David knew and prepared in advance for Goliath’s 4 other brothers.
The old adage, “Failure to plan, is planning to fail” sounds good right here. You are planning in both instances so you might as well plan for success!
Keep focused, stop the negative thought process in your mind and make a plan. Because yelling “Squirrel” every so often will really get annoying for those around you!