I love the verse that Micah chose for the week:
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
- Proverbs 4:25-27
It's always nice to see our students pick a less common passage from scripture. It shows that there was some digging done to uncover a verse that may be a little less well known. And this week it seems as though this verse has really led to a great variety of different ideas from our staff. On Wednesday Mr. Aunins shared his take on this verse, and showed a clip that really allowed us to visualize this verse in the context of extreme sports.
Throughout the course of this mini-film, there were more than plenty of examples of why it would be bad to "turn (or swerve) to the right or the left". Danny MacAskill is an incredible cyclist who is almost unfathomably able to keep control of his bike in unforgiving situations. It must take a remarkable amount of focus in order to do some of the things he can do on a bike. When you are riding a bike you have to keep your eyes fixed on the track ahead of you. If you look to the right or the left, then your wheels are sure to follow.
I grew up playing basketball, and I had the advantage of having a basketball coach as a father. I can remember many of the useful little hints that he would give me about my form, but the one thing that he told me that I will never forget is to keep my eyes on the back of the net. The ball will go where you look. If you look slightly to the right, that's where the ball ends up. Same thing if you look slightly to the left. If you focus on the wrong thing, then you will fail to make the shot. However, if you focus on the goal (even if your form isn't perfect) then you will make the shot.
As Christians our focus should remain on Christ. When we find ourselves falling short of Christ's call for our lives we often say to ourselves, "what went wrong?". Well, I can almost guarantee you that you took your focus off of Christ. The ball goes where you look. And your life goes where you focus your time and energy. If you choose to focus your time and energy on God's will for your life, then you will not miss the mark. Keep your focus fixed on Christ throughout your day, and if you do, at the end of that day you will have hit the mark. And I can imagine that God will be smiling down on you.