When I go to our local gym I walk on the treadmill and lift weights. I walk at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes. This raises my heart rate for a good cardio workout for a man of my age. If you haven’t been to a commercial gym recently you might be surprised at some of the available creature comforts: TVs on the treadmills, wall-mounted TVs around the room, sauna, showers, etc. I don’t usually turn on the treadmill TV because I listen to the King James bible or music on my iPhone.
Recently I was walking on the treadmill and an ESPN sports clip appeared on one of the wall-mounted TVs. I looked to my right to watch the clip. As I watched the clip I found myself leaning to the right. Eventually I stepped off the moving treadmill belt onto the base of the treadmill. The base is a non-moving part. When I did that my momentum caused a momentary stumble. Thankfully I did not tumble onto the floor in a heap, but I did learn a great lesson that day: our body follows our eyes.
I believe the same thing is true spiritually: our life follows our focus. The bible instructs us in Hebrews 12:2 to look unto Jesus. The reason we’re encouraged to look to him is because we follow our focus. As we focus on him our paths will be straight, direct, and without stumbling. We will not stray from our path by looking at “greener” pastures elsewhere. We keep from stumbling when we look straight ahead, and fix our eyes on what lies before us. Proverbs 4:25 NLT