Pr. 4:25: “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.”
I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we are supposed to be looking at one thing, but we really want to look at something else. A friend or family member wants us to admire something they’ve done, but we keep looking at our phone. Our child has something to show us, but we keep glancing at our book or our show. The pastor is preaching, but we are watching the people a few rows over. We’re supposed to be watching the road, but something on the side of the road looks more interesting.
Our world has so many distractions for us that it is easy to get caught up in them. This proverb tells us to keep our eyes straight ahead. With so many options, how can we do that? We must find solid priorities and remember them. My pastor has done a blog series on narrowing down the things you Must do in life and weeding out the rest. ( pastorkemp.com ) It has been very valuable to me as I have tried to narrow the focus of my life.
Where should we look? Well, that depends. First we should look to God. First we must seek His face, His Word, and His will for our lives. We must align ourselves and our priorities with His call on our lives. Next we use what we’ve discovered in His presence to figure out what things we must do to complete the work for those priorities. Those are the things we need to focus on every day. Those are the things require us to look straight ahead. If your priorities involve your spouse, then don’t look away. If your priorities involve your children, do not become too distracted. Whatever your “must do’s” are, do them first.
When you’re on your death-bed and looking back on your life will it be the distractions that you look back and remember? No. It will be the things that should have been your priority. After you’ve determined your priorities, make sure your eyes are straight ahead. Do not let the distractions of this life rob your priorities of your full attention. Those distractions aren’t even worth remembering.