Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Sometimes it is hard to be great at one thing if you also pursue another at the same time.

Someone said that if you chase two rabbits you probably won't catch either one!

This principle has been the impetus behind many success stories. Many musicians, athletes, politicians and CEO's have adhered to this principle. They have testified of how sacrificing all was the key to their rise to the top. To be successful at one thing, they sacrificed others.

But what if that which is sacrificed is also worthwhile or of even greater value?

Many successful people have sacrificed families, relationships, morals and God to get to the top. They are lamented by others as having "sold their souls" in exchange for success.

Jesus spoke of the fallacy of this mindset:

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26

It is vital that we realize that more than one thing is to be focused on and equally valued in our lives!

The Christian life also has many important aspects such as Bible study, prayer, ministry, time with God and time with others. These all work together to make us successful in our Christian lives.

At times, people have "gone off the deep end" because they have sacrificed other things to focus solely on one or two of these aspects.

Some are students of the Bible and almost seem to go mad in their pursuits of secondary doctrines and overly precise meanings of Greek and Hebrew words. Others are "prayer warriors" who are always getting "words" from God. Certainly nothing wrong with that! Right? Of course not - except when the "word" received in prayer is chosen and preferred over the written Word contained in the Bible!

Others become monasterial, living solitary lives to the point that they feel human contact is almost unnecessary. Still others have the completely opposite mindset - that "connecting with others" is the only part of the Christian life that matters. They often have very little or no personal time with God. Their Bible studies and prayer times are almost always in groups.

Christians who overemphasize or focus on one aspect of the Christian life will find themselves out of kilter and off center with the will of God!

I personally have a desire to be great at something - anything! I have learned to be good, or at least adequate at a variety of things but I become frustrated that I cannot be great in some area! Maybe it's because I'm hyperactive or OCD but it often feels like there are too many balls to juggle in life. If I could only put everything else aside and be a great musician, speaker, athlete, leader, etc. 

But I have learned that we must often sacrifice "single focussed greatness" and accept the multi-focused life to become truly great!


There is only one area where we should be "single-focused" - seeking God and allowing Him to keep the other pieces of our lives balanced!

Jesus is like the hub of the wheel. When He is in the center, the wheel will roll smoothly and will not shake. All of the other spokes are attached to it. When a spoke moves Jesus slightly off the center, the wheel may wobble slightly. If the spoke moves to the center, the wheel will shake violently and fall apart! 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

If you have allowed one or more things to push Jesus out of the center, make Him the center of your life again! He will bring everything else into His Divine order! 

1 comment:

  1. Great article- we can't pursue something so much that we lose sight of what is really important!