Life Through the Lens: On focus

Kevin Schrapel thinks about selfie culture.

This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel, and is the author’s personal opinion.

What is the focus of your life?

Interestingly, our focus seems to have moved from people, family and friends, to “self” in more recent times.

This self-interest is demonstrated in the rise of the selfie photograph, which we then forward to friends and others through Facebook and other electronic media.

Often the selfie appears to say “look at me”, followed by “look at where I am and who I am with”.

It’s interesting that the man who, in all of history, has had the most significant impact on how people think and act, a man who could have justifiably said “I am the greatest, you need to take a selfie with me”, instead said “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31).

Jesus’ focus was on recognising and putting his father, God, in the limelight, followed by encouraging us to also focus on God the father and not on self but on those who we know need our help and support.

Where we place our focus shines a light on many aspects of life.

Is my life about me?

When we allow our focus to be in focus with God’s will, then we can say, just as Jesus did, “God’s spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free and to announce: this is God’s time to shine”.

We need to all accept that the focus of God’s love, shining through the selfless acts of Jesus, is on all who want to live in that love, that focus.

Talk to him about refocusing your life with his helping care and love.

God bless.


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