Lately Iâ€™ve been talking about focusing on what has been placed before you right now, in concordance with Jen Marshallâ€™s book, Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century. Now, I would like to take a different angle. While we do need to focus on today instead of always thinking of tomorrow, we also cannot just live completely in today. If we donâ€™t have a forward mindset at all, then what purpose do we have, in the end? If we donâ€™t have Christ-minded thinking and a Christ-centered focus, then our today-focus wonâ€™t be worth the trouble.
â€œWhen our identity is anchored in Christ and we have a sense of belonging to Him,â€ says Marshall, â€œHe becomes the reference point by which we set the course of our lives.â€
As important as it is to not be worried about the future, we canâ€™t stop thinking about it altogether. There is definitely a balance, and that balance is different for each person. We should set our sights on Christ; He is the best reference by which one could ever set his or her life! Think about it, how amazing would life be if every person modeled Jesusâ€™ very footsteps? If everyone played the game completely by His guidelines?
Marshall uses an example of driverâ€™s training to describe this concept. I can relate to her, because I, about five years ago, had to go through driverâ€™s training as well. When I was learning to drive, I distinctly remember my instructor telling me not to focus on the road directly in front of my car. â€œFocus on the road a little bit ahead, ever so often glancing a bit further, and the car will easily maneuver those turns, since you have anticipated them and prepared for them,â€ is something like what he would say to me. He told me if I focused on the road directly in front of the car, that I wouldnâ€™t be able to see what was coming, and the driving would be a lot more frantic, erratic, and accident-prone.
So how about a little off-roading?