Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

Singular Focus

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Mark 5:35-36 (NKJV)

How singularly focused are you in the pursuit of God’s kingdom? How intent are you on doing what God has called you to do and which ultimately brings glory to Him? How zeroed in are you on finding that “sweet spot” that helps you wake up every day knowing that you are walking in God’s absolute perfect will for your life? 

It comes only as you focus singularly on the search for the “pearl of great price” in your life. Aside from your salvation, what pursuit drives your thoughts and motivates your actions and consumes your time? 

Dr. James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, once shared that his father, pastor of a 15-member church in Sulphur Springs, Texas, was known as the man with no leather on the toes of his shoes. The reason he had no leather on the toes of his shoes was that he spent three to four hours a day on his knees in consecrated prayer. He would wear out the toes of his shoes before he walked out the soles on those same shoes. 

That’s how singularly focused I want you to be on discovering the pearl of great price associated with your life and going after it. 

Let me ask you this: How many different directions are pulling on your attention? How many people are you living trying to keep happy? How many people are you trying to explain and defend yourself to? How many personalities, public and private, are you trying to manage in the course of a day? How many diverging dreams can you chase at the same time? 

Stop trying to equally distribute your focus. Let me tell you that if you are singularly focused in search of God’s ultimate divine will for you, you can’t make everybody happy. You can’t be on everybody’s agenda. You can’t go in dozens or hundreds of diverging paths and directions. You can’t be energized around one thing today, and then something diametrically opposing it tomorrow. 

No, you have to be singularly focused. Put your hand to the plow and refuse to look back!