There is a science to it…
My right eye does not see as clearly as my left eye, so prescription reading glasses are in order because each eye has a different focal need.
Just like you use different tools for focusing on different objects (think microscope versus telescope), each eye often has subtle differences that requires unique lenses for each eye.
In fact, you may even an one eye that sees straighter than the other one!
I started shooting a bow about 40 years ago. At an archery shop in Pasadena, TX, I tried out many bows and struggled with hitting the target. Being right-handed like most everyone I know, the owner finally asked me to do a simple “eye dominance” test. Arrange your hands in front of you like this picture and focus on an object about 6 feet away, maybe a door knob. Alternate closing one eye and then the other. If one eye sees the object centered, and the other one doesn’t, then that is your dominant eye. If each eye sees the object centered then you have equal focal between the two eyes.
If you have a dominant eye, and depending on how far off the other eye is, you have some choices to make. Either allow everything you do to focus on the using the dominant eye, or cater to the other eye and make adjustments so that it centers on the object ahead. That may mean learning to aim differently, or even something as simple as standing differently, or cocking your head further one way in order for the eye to line up with the object.
For me, the easier option was to learn how to shoot a left handed bow. Bulls Eye the first shot!
I think this concept comes into play in many areas of our lives. We have dominant focus on certain things and seldom learn how to bring the other portion of living into the same focal strength.
Notice how Apostle Paul shares this concept from a different perspective – using our thoughts as an object lesson.
“…take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)
Like vision, our thoughts are often scattered to every nook and cranny of our mind, but we do have the ability to reign in those thoughts into a focused attention! For him that was to “obey Christ.”
Have you heard the old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” Your focus is on nit picky view of all those individual trees and you cannot see the whole group identified as a forest!
Every thing you look for is found in the last place you looked…even if you looked there previously. Your focus was not upon the lost item, rather more devoted to the flash of fear that something was lost!
This past year I experienced “too much on my plate” and felt like there were too many loose and tattered ends to projects.
Finally, the writer of Hebrews tells us about controlling our race for this life.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)
So, for this next year I want to be more focused on bringing everything into focus, controlling the drift away from my goal, and then zoom in on the main thing – reaching my goals for 2015!
How about you?