Staying focused is a challenge.
It is a challenge that every leader must fight and overcome everyday.
There is always a temptation of longing to do many things at the same time, and which usually slow down our progress on the most important things we are to do.
Recently, I told some leaders that effectiveness in our purpose and the vision God has given to us requires that we move from a people of many things to becoming people of one thing.
One thing done excellently is better than many things done averagely.
One thing that God approves is better than so many things He belittles.
Overcoming traps of distraction in going forward to reach our best for God this year demands a discipline to stay focused on what is important.
We cannot afford to spend our energy this year on what does not fulfill our God-given purpose.
For the fact that certain things are lawful does not mean they are suitable for your purpose.
It is your responsibility to mark the difference between what is beautiful and what is useful in your life and ministry.
Sometimes, certain things look beautiful which may not be useful.
In the other way around, it may look ugly but will be useful.
You must learn to look beyond beauty this year to usefulness.
Will that assignment just make your life beautiful or useful?
If you want to be a leader who will stay focused on the right things, you must stop looking for what is beautiful and start focusing on what is useful.
In Mark 11:12-14 & 20, Jesus was looking for a tree that is useful for meeting needs and satisfying hunger. But He saw a tree that looks very beautiful but not useful.
Verse 14 says Jesus responded that, “No one eat fruit from you ever again.”
And in the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots (Vs 20).
One of the leadership lessons the Holy Spirit taught me about this tree is knowing the value difference between what is beautiful and useful.
In other words, get rid of anything in your life that is beautiful but not fruitful or useful. Then, stay focused ONLY on what is USEFUL, no matter how UNATTRACTIVE it is.
Father! I curse every object of unfruitfulness in my life. Let it die to the root in Jesus name.
“Know the value difference between what is beautiful and useful.”
2 Corinthians 11:3
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