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Today is the day to evaluate your mindset and answer this question: are you focused on what life has to offer you? Not someone else’s life, but your life. Focusing on other people’s problems can drain you emotionally. It can drain your energy which leads to anxiety. It can leave your tank empty.

The bible cautions us about being weighed down with problems. The biblical Hebrew writer said, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” This is a clarion call to stay focused like a runner before a race.

God has given us two things we need to run and win the race of our life: time and energy. We cannot afford to waste either one, and allow me to caution you to stay in your lane. Try not to mentally compete with people around you or to judge your accomplishments or opportunities in comparison to others.  Too often, we assume that whenever opportunity knocks, we must answer the door and say yes to whatever’s standing there. That is a mistake. Opportunity doesn’t equal obligation. There will always be more opportunities than there is time to pursue them.

Jim Collins, author of the book “Good to Great,” writes, “most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. We have ever expanded to-do-lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, and doing. But it rarely works.” All of us have too much to do—or so we think we do—and this causes us to veer from our lane. It destroys our joy and creates anxiety which makes for an unhappy lifestyle.

However, those who build discipline in life learn to unplug from all sorts of extraneous junk and to channel their resources and energy into only one or a few areas. People who are focused are less likely to make misjudgments in life. They are less likely to make costly mistakes and they live a happier lifestyle. So, ask God to grant you the wisdom and discernment to stay focused: it will equip you to stay in your lane. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten