Several years ago, 10 whales were found beached on the Baja Peninsula. Rescue efforts were too late and they all died. At first, marine biologists were puzzled, unable to explain the senseless loss of life. However, their investigation revealed a simple yet sad scenario. Newspapers explained what happened with this headline: “Giants perish while chasing minnows.” Apparently, the whales lost focus and beached themselves chasing fish they could never catch in shallow water.
Losing focus, which can be a whale of a problem, isn’t limited to fish. People do it all the time. For example, when our car breaks down we tend to immediately focus on the one day it didn’t work right instead of the past four and a half years when it did. Or when our kids get sick, we focus on the three days they’re sick, rather than the past three years they’ve been well. We lose our job and instantly tend to focus on the horrible day we lost our job, rather than thanking God for the past 19 years we had a great job that helped us provide for our family.
There are all kinds of ways we can focus on the wrong things. Just remember however you do it; it can be deadly — whether you have fins or fingers! The key is to stay focused on the right things and keep the right perspective. How can we do that? Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.”
How was Jesus able to do it? He stayed focused — on the right things (John 4:34).
So when the temptation comes, and it will, to change your focus and chase the minnows in your life, don’t do it. When the devil tries to get you to focus on the wrong things, even when it feels right, don’t fall for it.
Remember: every lure hides a hook (1 Corinthians 10:13).
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.