To reach any goal worth reaching for, we need tunnel vision. We need to focus on the goal and keep the distractions from pulling us in different directions. Distractions happen and it is hard for us to discern between distractions and a bump on the path to our goal. We must remember, there will be bumps. Jesus did not have an easy life and neither will we.
But we are trying to put our focus on Heaven, where all of our trials and hardships will be gone. That is the goal. Eternal happiness! Such a great goal that we should always keep in the front of our mind. Not just a, “yeah I want to get there when I am done with this.” But a, “let me make sure this does not keep me from eternal happiness.” Eternal happiness is a BIG deal. If we treat it as anything less, we are only fooling ourselves.
Sometimes we think we have tunnel vision, but do not. We know our goal, but we lose a concrete focus on it because we are more concerned with keeping distractions from getting in the way. We spend so much time and energy trying to not focus on distractions that we are actually distracting ourselves from our goal. If we focus on Heaven in a concrete way, we can see the distractions as just that and avoid them easier, rather than by trying to power through the distractions.
We all need tunnel vision and we all have distractions. The distractor is the same Evil One from old. Trying to distract us with finite happiness. Oh, it feels good for a short time, but we need more and more to be fulfilled. He tries to find a distraction to addict us with. If we continually try to find our happiness in something other than God, the Evil One has addicted us. But we can see through the lies, and see that God loves us and wants ETERNAL happiness for each one of us. The Devil does not and only wishes that his distractions can keep you from the eternal happiness God has planned for you.
Jesus, You were tempted by the Devil to distract You from Your goal of eternal happiness for us. Help us to have tunnel vision to our goal of eternal happiness with You.