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 Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. More than 8000 people call Crossroads their church home. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.
Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.
Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.