Juking, Jousting, and Jesus

This week was relatively eventful. I braved a colossal midterm, witnessed the first intramural football game of the season, browsed through a comment-war on social media, and counselled a friend. As I sit here on a couch in the University Towers, I can’t help but think of a possible thread that connects all of the above…

Focus, Kevin. Focus…

Focus…Focus…

…Focus.

Focus. That’s it.

I had to focus on preparing for my midterm. The guy who juked the entire team in that game had to focus on getting the ball to the other side. Those who held to their sides of the arguments had to focus on defending them. I had to focus on my friend who was opening up to me.

Focus affects vision. It affects how I see things. Focus also affects attitude. It determines how I act towards the object of focus. In a culture filled with endless distractions, the question is not just how we focus but on what we focus…

Is our focus on being right or is it on being righteous? In class, is my focus on being the best or in doing my best? Is our focus on defeating the other team, or is it on having a good time with our peers? Is your focus on the person behind the glass making your sub, or is it on the peer who’s serving you food? Is our focus on winning the argument or is it on winning the person? Is your focus on a sum of body parts or is it on a soul with a story? Is my focus on exposing those who don’t subscribe to the same ideals as I do, or is my focus on subscribing to the Savior; the Ideal of all true Ideals?

At the end of the day, it’s really a matter of perspective: What do I choose to fix my attention on? And how do I choose to do it?  My prayer for you and I is to learn to constantly fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). It’s only then that we will realize that our personal views, opinions, tendencies, thoughts, stances, presuppositions, affiliations, affinities, associations, likes, dislikes, needs, wants, motivations, intentions, and cares, pale in comparison to the unfathomable beauty of the blood-stained Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
So clean your lens. Switch it up if need be. Calibrate it to the everlasting Light.

Kevin Wilson

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