Our mind focuses on where we set it. If we go on a walk through the woods looking for the quickest path to our destination, our eyes will drift toward worn paths and cleared obstacles. If our motivation is to bird-watch, our eyes will be up toward the tree branches, and we will eagerly scale any obstacle so we can view the aviators.
In the same way, we have to be aware of our mindset as we traverse through the journey of life. What are we seeking? Because that is what we will see.
Are we seeking to maximize physical comfort? If so, then we will see the most expedient paths. Conversely, if we seek to have God as our comfort, while watching for the “birds” God sends, we are prepared to see what is truly beautiful.
There are so many things calling for our minds to be set on them. So many voices and temptations calling out to us. We can’t really control what thoughts come to us. We will see many things that create thoughts along the way, as we “hike” through life. But we can choose what to look for.