Have you ever stared out the side window of a car? Even if you are only going 35 mph, the scenery is a blur. No matter how hard you try to focus, your eyes can’t keep up. Trees and signs and houses all go past you in an indistinct mix of shapeless colors.
Sometimes life feels like that.
I’m sure that every age has considered themselves busy, but I think that this generation has taken it to a new level. Never before has it been so easy to sign up for everything and focus on nothing. If we don’t say “No” five times a day then we will find ourselves enrolled in more events and opportunities than our calendar can handle. And so, life becomes a blur.
Only by purposefully slowing down and focusing on what is important are we able to escape this rat race. This change of focus is like looking through the front windshield instead of the side window. By focusing our eyes on things far ahead of us, we will notice that the scenery slows down.
Paradoxically, by looking farther in the distance we see the important things more clearly.
For Christians, Resurrection Sunday, aka Easter, is the high point of the year. Don’t let its significance get lost in the urgency of the daily routine.
Spend some time in the next 40 days to focus your mind on Easter so that you can get beyond the blur.
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