There are a lot of things that call for our attention at every point in time. And this compels us to do diverse things at the same time. Doing many things in itself is not bad but when you find yourself doing the wrong things or wasting your time and energy on less important things, that’s where the problem lies. In his book, “First Things First”, Stephen Covey said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
In everything, the heart of the matter (the focal, central, most important element) is the key to achieving all other things. Oftentimes, other related and tantalizing factors may disrupt an individual from giving attention to the main things. The temptation of being deceived by external/other factors reminds me of this story about a very powerful Human Resource Personnel who was asked to recruit a new leader to take charge of the affairs of a nation. During the recruiting process, he was carried away by the physical features and other qualifications of a candidate. And he almost concluded in choosing him as the leader. However, at such critical moment, his CEO (Chief Executive Officer), intercepted and made a profound statement. “But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or his physical stature because I have refused him. For the LORD does not sees as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” [i]
The basic idea from this quote is that God, the CEO, looks at the heart of a matter not necessarily the external factors. This is because in the heart of a matter lies what it takes to make the whole better. To relate it to our lives, it implies that God sees us by our potential, not our external possession or past. He looks within your heart and sees you by what you are capable of doing not necessarily what you’ve done or even your incapabilities. God always focus on the main things. And the main thing for every individual is the heart; the real you within.
God sees us by our potentials and so He entrusts into our care opportunities that will help us cultivate them. God saw within David, a king, mighty warrior and a submissive man who had a deep respect (fear) for Him. However, the Human Resource Personnel, Prophet Samuel just saw in Eliab, a man good enough to be the next leader/ king.
Just spend some time to think about what God might have seen in you that others have not yet seen or even you’ve not seen. You will realize that you’re not that ordinary. We shouldn’t let other things of life deter us from concentrating on the main things. The real you is not your appearance or external conditions but it’s your inner self (heart) and potentials.
Give attention to the heart of the matter (yourself) and it will assist you to connect well with other matters. There are a lot of stuff in you and if you will commit yourself entirely to God, He will help you live far above your external confines.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[i] 1 Samuel 16:7