From: Art of Awareness - Episode 1
Is it just, "practice makes perfect"? I am to keep turning my focus again and again to Jesus until I stay there? I know thanksgiving and praise are always important, but is there a key or a help of some kind in the turning?
Or is it just being persistent....until my focus is on Him no matter what circumstances may be?
The good news is that "practice makes perfect" is a construct of the world, not of God. Jesus covered the perfection thing - so we don't have to.
I remember the story of Graham being challenged by staying focused in times of devotion...and the Holy Spirit's joyful commitment to say, "Hey, if your focus wanders off, I'll go with you to find it and bring it back." So the process became relational - dependent on Him not on Graham. God knew that as they practiced that together, the day would come when His nature would become Graham's... and his focus wouldn't wander because he was so fascinated with God!
Focus is an outcome of receiving.... of relaxing... of the joy of being with God and accepting how much He delights in being with us. Persistence is the same. We persist because we've received God's desire to will and to do for His good pleasure (Phil 2:13).
You might be encouraged by my chapter in "Joyful Intentionality" on "Fine Tuning our Receiver." It's a grand story of how God converted my well-meaning trying to focus into receiving mode instead.
Or be encouraged by Graham's brilliant truths on living in "AM" (Abiding Mode) in "The Art of Awareness" Episode 2 - "Tuning into God."