2011 Bulletins "The Year of Possibilities"

June 2011 "FOCUS"

                                                                                                               H. L. Sheppard


                                                                                                                June 2011




The word “Focus” is given several definitions as it relates to the eyes and camera equipment. However, as a figure of speech it is defined as:


“Close or narrow attention, concentration”.


Actually, the etymology of the word can be traced back to 1644 when the meaning of the word in Latin was “Hearth”. The figurative use of “Focus” or “Hearth” was intended to describe the family hearth, or fireplace, as the “Focus” or “Focal Point” of the “Home”. In other words: The focus, or focal point, of life in the 1600s was the family and home.


Everything a family did in those days had a direct impact on their home life. Therefore, they “focused” their attention on making sure their family’s needs took absolute priority. Firewood had to be cut in the summer and autumn to prepare for the cold winter. Crops had to be planted in the spring to ensure an autumn harvest. Some foods required special steps to preserve it for later use. A well was dug and kept clean to provide the family’s water supply. Nothing was left to chance. The family’s survival depended on every job being completed, every things-to-do list being thoroughly meticulously reviewed for omissions. Attention to every critical detail was literally a matter of life and death.


We still have a natural proclivity to “Focus” our most intense attention on some things. The problem, however, is that the “Object” of our “Focus” has drastically, and unfortunately, changed. It seems that we are too intent on focusing our rapt attention and expending our most intense energies on problems rather than solutions, people rather than Jesus Christ, provision rather than the provider, things of the world rather than the things of God.


So many are so focused on the problem that they fail to see the, sometimes miraculous, solution sent by God:

                2 Ki 6:15  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

2 Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

2 Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.


Elisha’s servant saw that they were surrounded by tens of thousands of horses, chariots and soldiers from Syria. He was terrified because his “Focus” was on the “Problem”. But his mentor, Elisha, had disciplined his thoughts to “Focus” on the “Solution” and not the “Problem”. So, when Elisha pushed back the tent flap and looked out at hilly countryside, he saw  horses and chariots too, but the ones he saw were burning with the holy fire of the Lord and manned by angels! Elisha’s servant saw “The Problem”. Elisha saw “The Possibilities”!


Stop focusing on the problem as if your family and home depend on it. That’s just not true! Your home and family and eternal salvation depend on “The Solution”, not the problem. Focus on the solution. See the Possibilities!


See The Possibilities!