Where is your focus?

I have ADHD. It‘s a commonly known fact. I do not care if people know. I use it to my advantage instead of as a crutch. I am thankful for my mama. She never let me use it as an excuse. I did not start taking medication for it until I was a junior in high school. I had to use coping skills and learn how to force my brain to focus on what I needed to learn.

Learning to live with ADHD has prepared me for life as an adult. I could easily get distracted by many things in my everyday life that could distract me from fulfilling the purpose that God has for me. Sometimes I do get distracted, but there is always someone to redirect me. God is good like that. He knows me and my “squirrel” behavior.

Do you get easily distracted?

Another commonly known fact: pilots have great vision. When a FPV (first person view) drone pilot flies, he or she need three things: the drone, the controller, and the goggles. My husband and many of our friends are drone pilots. It fascinates me! The pilot puts goggles on over their eyes and there are screens that display what the camera on the drone “sees”. I have had the privilege of wearing FPV goggles. When you put them on, there are these little sliding knobs you can use to help you make the view clearer. Do you have to refocus to see? I do and several times a day, if I am being honest.

FPV pilots also fly at incredibly fast speeds and heights, and if they are not cautious, it can break or even worse hurt someone. Has your judgement ever gotten cloudy because your vision is out of focus due to flying too fast or too high? In one hundred percent transparency, for me it is almost every day.

The world, and our country especially, are distracting right now. Every where I turn, fear or anger seems to be many people’s focus. It is a strange time to be alive, if we are focusing on the events of the world. Believe me, I too indulged in heated conversations about politics, religion and all of the problems we face as Americans.

You know what? It did NOT make anything better. The people I was trying to pour into were not open to receiving. They were hurting. I was hurting, heartbroken, shocked, disappointed, and confused. So, we did what everyone naturally does in said situation. We accidentally hurt each other, just like a drone pilot can hurt someone if they are not focused. Only this was with our perspectives and experiences clouding our judgement.

Today, I asked God to give me wisdom. I asked him to help me help myself and anyone else He sees fit. This scripture came to me: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- focus on such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Did you catch that? Focus. FOCUS! Wow! I needed that reminder, y’all! I know I am not alone. I need to focus and think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy, because what I focus on affects my judgement, which affects everyone around me.

So, dear sisters and brothers, what are we choosing to focus on?

How can we remind ourselves to focus?

How can we stay focused?

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