// October 8th, 2010 // Advice, Leadership

Focus in climbing, in photography, in work is very much dependant upon having an object or subject in the field of view and the result that one wishes to achieve.  Sometimes it is very narrow and precise showing only the detail of a person’s eye or face, and other times expansive to the point where that same person is just a speck on the ridge of a mountainside.  Similarly focus can relate to how we set goals for ourselves and can show the way toward attaining a seemingly impossible goal by breaking it down into smaller frames.  This photo shows the beautiful flowers on a mountainside with a high peak in the distance.  It shows us color, detail, and acute beauty but if our goal is to climb the peak in the background it does not provide much in the way of figuring out a navigable path.

The narrow focus

We regularly need this kind of focus to aid in the accomplishing of many of our daily tasks, but the danger is that we get so bogged down with these things that we lose sight of the main goal, the ultimate objective.  It can be refreshing and it can be intimidating, but we need to look up from time to time to adjust our focus to the big picture.

The Big Picture

Here we can again see where we are headed and chart our course.  The key is to continually shift the focus back and forth.  If focused on the peaks for too long we will either stumble over the objects in our path or become to overwhelmed to even move.  If we focus only on the path in front of us we may end up on another mountain all together.    Jesus had this totally figured out.  He could focus on the individuals who needed healing and compassion, but never focused only on that.  He saw the cross as the big picture and knew that even though it would be difficult, that is where ultimate healing would come from.  He could have set up a healing booth at the city gate, but the cross was bigger and would accomplish much more.

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