Just as we have the option of where to point a camera, how to frame in the shot what will be captured, we have to choose where to focus our own attention. And this has been my struggle of late. Where to focus?
There is a chorus of voices coming from every side drawing us to notice and turn our full attention to this that or the other, but often they stand in contrast to something else that is also good.
And let's face it: As a mom to 3 little girls from ages 8 months to 5 years, my "elective" time is minimal. How to choose? Where to focus?
Should I spend my time cooking healthier foods from scratch for my family's health? Or take those minutes to exercise my body and pursue fitness? Or rest?
Should I use my limited people energy (introvert alert) on my children who have no one else to fill the role of Mom? Or should I save it up to use with my husband, who has no one else to fill the role of Wife?
Should I find quiet time during the day for prayer? Or should I be reading Scripture?
Should I be fully present in this moment, or fully prepared for tomorrow? Or do I need to leave that aside and think through next month or next year to be sure that we are on the right track and don't rush through each day to wake up and realize we left our path long ago?
Am I more benefitted by being still or taking action?
Is my task to offer correction or grace?
To pursue contentment, change, openness, conviction, fun, laughter, grief, loving, giving, serving, learning?
Focus on me, others, the world, God, my family, my work, my home?
Once I know, I can follow through. But the hard part is knowing where to focus.