We have all heard the expression, “you have a one-track mind.” It is usually spoken with a negative connotation.
Well, I am beginning to think a one-track mind would be great!
And, to be honest, I have been working very hard to stay on only one track at a time.
I believe this is the way to the “peace that passes all understanding” that Paul talks about in the book of Philippians.
The Apostle Paul is the perfect example of a one track mind. He knew his purpose was to preach salvation to the Gentiles and when he stepped into his mission, things became clearer as he kept his focus on that one thing.
Nothing was going to deter Paul from his call to the Gentiles. It was his purpose.
I am beginning to understand when we have a single focus in our daily lives there is no room for other thoughts. When we keep that focus, anxiety ceases because there are no other thoughts roaming around in our heads distracting us from our purpose.
A verse in the Book of Proverbs describes what focus is:
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, keep your gaze on what is in front of you” – Proverbs 4:25
The Message Bible adds “ignore all sideshow distractions.”
This means whatever I am doing during the day, I need to keep my attention on that one thing. Whether it is washing dishes and observing the bubbles in the water or going to the next room to find a book. Whatever it is, keep your gaze on what is in front of you — focus.
Plant your feet firmly into each step to wherever you are going or whatever you’re doing.
There are always “monkeys” (anxious thoughts in our head) clamoring for our attention. They want to do one thing — distract us from our main thought and purpose at the time.
When we ignore these distractions and keep a single focus or one-track mind, the Holy Spirit is able to communicate His thoughts to us.
We will have clarity and become confident that we are hearing God’s voice and are able to move through our day free of doubt and worry.
Concentrating on one thing can be a battle. Here are a few things that have helped me stay on track:
- Stay in the present by getting into the moment of whatever you are doing. Enjoy it and appreciate it. It will help you keep a single focus.
- When moving from room to room or task to task be aware of your steps being firmly planted on the ground. This will help you stay grounded.
- Slow your movement down to half time or 3/4 time. Think of a metronome. Set your pace. This will help keep you steady and your thoughts intentional.
If you practice these exercises, you will find yourself in a place of clarity where you know the Holy Spirit is directing your thoughts.
Your connection to God will feel more direct and stronger and there will be a lightness in your daily load, along with a spring in your step. By keeping your focus on the one thing you are doing, you are casting away the burden of worry.