Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, FOCUSING our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. —Hebrews 12:1-3
When I was learning to ride the motorcycle the instructors could not stress enough the importance of this one thing:
“Do not concentrate on the asphalt in front of you… YOU MUST LOOK AT THE PLACE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET TO! Concentrate on the spot you are trying to get to with the bike, focus on that destination; because whatever direction you are looking that is where the bike is going.”
This was really stressed when learning to make left or right turns. One day while preparing to make a left turn, I was looking straight ahead and I heard an instructor yell to me, “Stop looking at the fence in front of you look into the turn at the place you want the bike to go!!!”
If you don’t look at the place that you are trying to get to on a motorcycle… YOU WILL DROP THE BIKE AND EAT IT!
Somehow I feel this lesson applies to life as well as our Faith. Our focus MUST be on Christ Jesus! If we are looking around and about to the world, we will get ensnared and entangled in sin. If we put our focus on the trouble up ahead we could run into a wall of distraction that leads us to fall into temptations. My point is that we will tend to go into the direction of which we are most focused even when our original intent was to embark upon a different destination.
I implore us all to keep our gazed fixed upon our Lord and Savior and we will reach our destination safely.