One Thing - by Lester Zimmerman

Recently I have been having some issues with my eyesight. My focus is blurry at times. Not only are things not clear, but I also see flashes of light at times. I wish they were heavenly visions, but my optometrist thinks it has more to do with my age.

When you are not able to focus it limits what you can do. For some people it hinders their ability to read or drive. I am counting on my genes to help me. My uncle was still driving at 102.

Being able to spiritually focus is an important leadership trait that we should all nurture in our lives. It so easy to be attracted and distracted by all the latest fads and trends instead of leading with a clear word from God.

Leadership today is challenging because there are so many expectations and ideas people lay on us. Our to-do-list keeps growing longer and our vision for the year is often 10 plus points long. Sometimes it is helpful to downsize our expectations and desires and get focused on the “one thing” that is most important to us.
The Apostle Paul narrowed down his personal spiritual goal to “One Thing”. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13

David did the same thing. “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

Paul and David focused their heart on one thing above all else. They focused their eyesight on what was the most important things to them. I’m sure they had many other goals and desires but there is something powerful about defining the most important thing.

As you read this, just pause for a moment and let the Holy Spirit bring into focus the “One Thing” your heart aches for more than anything else in three areas.
  • What is the “one thing” you desire above all else for your family?
  •  What is the “one thing” you desire above all else for your church?
  •  What is the “one thing” you desire above all else for your life?

Now make your “One Thing” the primary focus of your prayer life. God delights in giving us the godly desires of our heart.

Stay focused and keep the one thing, the main thing, and keep on leading and driving until you are at least 102.




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