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How to Refocus When Life Gets Zig-Zaggy

Do you ever find yourself feeling unfocused? The distractions of life lead you in different directions and you wind up feeling a little lost and very confused? You aren’t alone. Kevin Groves of Hope in the Morning shares a few thoughts that might help you refocus.


Refocus Driving

I must have been about 11 years old when my dad pulled our family’s Green Ford Granada into a parking lot one night and said “Ok son, get in the driver’s seat and drive.” I thought that was the coolest thing! He had been letting me drive on Mr. Lanier’s huge farm before that night. I’d drop him off at his hunting stand and drive those dirt roads for two or three hours until it was time to pick him up. 

On this night, the parking lot was empty so I hopped in the driver’s seat and started driving. My dad noticed I was constantly moving the steering wheel slightly back and forth and he asked me why I was doing that. I said “I’m trying to look down the hood, to the road right in front of the car, in order to drive straight.” It obviously wasn’t working because I was driving in a tiny zig-zag! 

Daddy said, “Don’t look right in front of the car, look ahead to where you’re trying to go.” As soon as I did that I realized I was going straight, almost without trying. I never looked down the hood of the car again… I looked ahead.


Refocus Destination

It’s easy to find ourselves so preoccupied with life in the moment. We forget to look ahead, to keep our focus on where we’re trying to get to. We can get focused on the hood of the car and the things of the present and our life can get zig-zaggy (that’s a word I just made up LOL).

We can’t ignore the pieces of life that demand immediate attention. But in the process, remember that this earth is not our home. As Believers, Jesus has promised us an amazing, beautiful, divinely designed and built future with a view we can only try to imagine.

God reminds us in Colossians 3:1-4, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

So, when the present seems overwhelming, and life is a struggle, look toward where you’re headed – Heaven! And life will seem to zig-zag less!


Is there a verse you often remember when you start to get distracted and zig-zaggy? Maybe a piece of advice shared by a wise friend long ago? Tell us about it in the comments!

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