Just as it important to know who you are, it is also important to know who your audience is as you begin to focus your life. I have a grandson that is just a ham. He does some of the cutest things when he is performing for one person. However as soon as someone asks him to do it, or he sees a phone come out to record his cuteness, he stops. He will only perform for the audience of his choosing.
So how do we choose our audience? Well scripture provides the answer: Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB
My audience is not my spouse, my children, my boss, my friends or my critics. My audience is the Lord. If my focus is on pleasing to Him, then regardless of what others say, I have done well. He is the one that I have to answer too for my actions. He is the final judge. If I can go to sleep at night knowing that I did right by Him, that was me well focused.
I am reminded of something I watched once and the boss asked for the person to do something wrong. I don’t remember if it was illegal, but it was definitely morally wrong. He gave the same task to multiple people all shooting for the same promotion. The following day, only one came back to the boss saying “I can’t do it. I realize I will miss out on this opportunity, but it’s wrong. I have nothing but my integrity and even if I didn’t get caught, I would know.” At the end of the time, all the employees were brought forward. The one who declined the immoral act was promoted. The employee knew that the audience wasn’t just the boss, there was a higher moral compass.
We will always have the opportunity to try to please another audience. We have to keep our focus on the audience of One, The Lord.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on Focus with prompts by #FMFParty. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day. Five Minute Fridays provides prompts and encourages writers to free write for five minutes on the prompt.