“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a ESV
Several weeks ago, my husband and I met some sweet friends for coffee, and our conversations include spiritual matters of the heart at some point whenever we get together. We were talking about our “plates” being filled only with what God has divinely put there and not by our own agendas – we started talking about the blinders used by horse trainers to keep racehorses focused on the goal straight in front of them and free from distractions.
Sometimes when I interact with someone who appears to have a single focus, my first reaction is to ridicule them for having the infamous “tunnel vision” – they’re just not a “team player” because all they have time for is their own personal agenda/life/opinions. Of course no one likes to be around a “prickly” individual who resists any and all change and the gives and takes of relationships, but is it really such a bad thing to have a spiritual tunnel vision? How much more manageable would our schedules be if we included only our God-given responsibilities?
So often we clutter our minds with extra to do’s, expectations of others, and self-appointed deadlines. While all of those things may sound good and right, unless they originate from our Source, they are extraneous to our goal. They are a part of the “weights” that we must lay aside. They are causing our lives to be more complicated than they were meant to be. God’s life plan for us is customized and sovereignly unique.
Spiritual blinders help us block out everything that is extra to God’s life plan. Our goals are attainable in His strength when we keep our eyes on Him and our focus on His goal. If we really believe that God has a specific will in everything, then doesn’t He have a specific will regarding each and every person/thing/opportunity that comes across our path? We need to seek His will in every thing and allow Him to decide what is to be included in our spiritual field of vision. Our lives should have one focus – to honor and glorify the One Who has given us everything. All that we do, everything on our schedule, every opportunity, should be able to categorize beneath that single focus
While the blinders are securely fastened, our head still turns, and our focus changes direction, however even in the changes there are always God-given parameters. Yes our circumstances change, and we must be flexible and open and willing; however, in every situation, blinders are necessary because with each God-given agenda comes the temptation to tack on our own.
Let’s adjust our blinders, and surrender daily to measure our agendas with what is visible through God-given tunnel vision.