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Maintain Focus

Do you know your Bible stories?

I’ve been thinking about the story of Peter walking on the water.  He was out in a boat when he saw Jesus walking on the water and asked him to be able to join him.  Jesus said, “come on.”

So Peter steps out of the boat and as long as he’s focused on Jesus he is doing the miraculous, walking on water and making good progress.  Then he starts noticing the sea spray, smelling the salty air, feeling the wind and looking at the waves.  Peter starts to sink. 

Now all Peter has to do is refocus and get back up. But instead he is focused on the circumstances, scared because he’s not paying attention, and he doesn’t see his salvation standing in front of him with his hand out.  Peter is fighting the sea and swallowing a lot of water before Jesus finally takes his hand and puts him back in the boat. 

There have been times in my life when I have been like Peter.  Losing my focus, letting things distract me, focusing on the circumstances instead of the end result and swallowing a lot of sea water as I thrashed around struggling when I really didn’t need too.

If you follow on this path of not staying focused long enough, it becomes a habit, then grows into a behavior problem that will effectively keep you stuck making the same mistakes and winding up with the same results over and over. 

I should know, there have been many times when I set off from point A to go to point B and wound up at point C wondering how I got there, but instead of going forward wound back up at point A repeating the same mistakes over and over.

So how do we change this cycle?  For me, I found a coach, an accountability partner to help me refocus when I started getting off track, to help identify choices, options, along the way as well as point out steps or smart goals to help me reach my goal without getting sidetracked.

I am still looking for a good group like this, but may wind up creating one if I can’t find one.    I would like a group to be able to share progress, brainstorm, idea’s and goals. 

The point is, if you’ve spent any time at all in your life being like Peter, then find what works for you so that going forward you are investing your time wisely, not stuck in and endless cycle repeating the same mistakes, getting distracted and losing focus so that you never reach the place you were meant to be.

Cherry Coley © 

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Life is a gift, not to be wasted or taken for granted. I believe life is a journey, that we are put here for a purpose that each of us has to discover within ourselves. Each day we are given is a new opportunity to seize the moments, the experiences that make up our individual journey. I have seen my share of storms along the way, but have learned that with faith and good friends, there is nothing that you can’t face, learn from, and come out growing stronger from the experience. I have many interests, hobbies and passions. Writing, art, and expanding my knowledge about why people believe what they do, including studying different religions and cultures, becoming a Life Coach, practicing Reiki, and spending time with my girls, are some of my passions. Interests include: studying history, science, physics, walking/running, learning yoga, Pilates, trying new recipes, finding new and interesting places to visit, spending time with friends, learning new ways of doing things, guitar, piano, writing songs, photography, and painting and so much more than I could name here. I enjoy meeting new people, trading stories, ideas and sharing experiences. I love going to plays and concerts, and encouraging others to be their best while finding myself along the way. Cherry Coley (c)


  1. I have been so pleasantly surprised to discover how often the blogging community sends me reminders along the way. The stories and support are just amazing. I think you are a shining light! Keep up the awesome Cherry! ;)

  2. Katrina says

    I think an accountability group sounds like a great idea, I would join (I’d have to participate via skype but I’m good with that) I’ll even help you get the word out. Wonderful idea and I like this story, I’m a lot like Peter too, but I still jump out of the boat every chance I get :-)

  3. ivinseleanor says

    Focus! I am focused on having a more in focus FOCUS! I somehow wandered from macro to wide angle. I am such a Peter:-)

  4. I think starting a group is an awesome Idea …I’m all for that , would love to join if you want to try it ….I could help you as well…Tim

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