What A Camera Taught Me About Focus

Emma running with balloons
Capturing the moment

Focus is essential.

coffee. tickets. painting. headache. icebreakers. Izmail.

I’m really bad at focusing.

The crossed out list is literally what went through my head in between those few words. I’m telling you it is crazy in there.

Maybe you can relate or maybe you think I am one french fry short of a happy meal. Either way, we all need to have focus if we are going to influence others.

Think of a camera. If you just grab it and go and never set your shot then you end up with a busy, blurry, bleh shot. Well, unless you get really lucky, but do you really want to live your life that way? I mean eventually the luck runs out.

However, when you take the time to focus the photo becomes a moment captured, a piece of art, an inspiration and people pay attention.

Auto focus is good, but manual focus is better.

Manual focus on a camera allows the photographer to focus with precision on the exact place that needs to have the focus. With auto sometimes you have to focus and re-focus several times before the camera catches where you really want it to.

It’s the same with you and me. We can operate on auto focus and we may even produce stunning results, but are they what our Creator wants us to be focused on?

Manual focus is a skill that has to be honed and it takes more effort than just running on auto, but if it causes us to be more in line with God’s vision then isn’t it worth it?

Ultimately we need to learn to set our focus first on God to make everything else in the composition come together.

Proverbs 29:18 says that without revelation or vision people perish. I personally like the Message translation here:

If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.

Too often I live in auto focus and I jump from one great subject to another. Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I end up with amazing results but most of the time I know that it isn’t the best. Too often I lose sight of what God is doing and I try to make a masterpiece on my own.

Do you have a vision for what God is doing or do you find yourself stumbling around unsure? Are you choosing to focus on God and the things He has set you to focus on or are you just getting by with auto focus? Do you have tips for how to stay focused?