Oct 01

We Become Our Focus

Does it not astound you how many scriptures touch on one of the most basic principles of our lives?  Divers are taught this principle.  Motorcyclists should be aware of it, as well.  Many who are very good at what they do practice this principle.  What is it?

You tend to gravitate towards that upon which you are focused.

Divers learn that wherever they move their head, their body follows.  With golfers, they focus on where the hole is, not where the traps are.  Having been a motorcylist myself, I can attest to the fact that your bike tends to go in the direction in which you are looking.

For those interested to see the connection, let us take a look at 3 Nephi 13:20-22, which says:

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

Matthew 6:20-22 provides a nearly identical precept.  But we are to have an eye single to what?  Let us consult the Doctrine and Covenants.  In section 82 verse 19, section 59 verse 1, section 4 verse 5, section 88 verse 67, section 55 verse 1, section 27 verse 2, and Mormon 8:15, we learn that we are to have an eye single to the glory of God.  So… what is the glory of God?

An appropriate place to begin to answer this question seems to be Moses 1:39, in which we are told:

“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”

Surely, if we focus on bringing to pass our own eternal life, and that of our family, that will be the direction in which we gravitate.

A word of caution, though.  Should we focus on not becoming what we don’t want to be, we are still focusing on it.  Guess what that means?  We will gravitate in that direction anyway.  My humble suggestion would be to remind yourself every day of what it is that you want to become, what your goals are, and the direction you want to take your life.

According to holy writ, you cannot help but move towards that end.