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Focus: Directed Attention

Some mornings I find it difficult to focus. I have routines, but they are ever in flux. I get up and want coffee. But then I think maybe I should go run. I have been thinking of setting office hours, so I can be more focused on writing. I have been blogging five days a week now for three weeks. It is nice to have a rhythm going.

I have been running to get ready for a race that a friend invited me to run with her. It actually includes biking as well, so they call it a biathalon. Talk about needing focus. But I’m not sure if that’s really what I have been after these past few weeks. Sure I have a goal to get ready. So I run or bike every other day, challenging myself to push a little further each time. But the focus is not on the race, as much it is on plodding along and conditioning my body to be ready for the race.

I need both the goal of the race, and the focus of the moment. It’s a strange mix, but it does keep me going.


Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win.  All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.   I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.

1 Corinthians  9:24-27 NLT

5 responses to “Focus: Directed Attention”

  1. A great reminder, Kel, of my need to FOCUS. I am one of the most distracted people on the planet! ANd I love the Scripture you quoted! Oh that my focus would be on the prize of CHrist! I like your idea of office hours, too. Need to establish those. tHank you so much for your prodding!Lynni

  2. "the goal of the race and the focus of the moment" LOVE this. I think goals are the best way to help us stay focused.

  3. I get so distracted doing my devotions when camping. I try to get up do them but things happen. Did get to do it today after fishing, I didn't get anything.

  4. Lesley-Even though you didn't catch a fish, you caught some time with God!

  5. I'm a perpetual discipline-seeker! Unfortunately,I'm distracted by every bird in the sky and every random thought rambling around in my head! Thanks for the reminder to focus… especially on the ultimate Prize! I'm visiting from Faith Filled Friday. I'd love for you to visit! Thanks!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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