by Steve Jones

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Leadership Focus (6 of 6)
Series: Gap Leadership
Steve Jones

Introduction: A mother had promised her 5-year old son all week that if he was good she would take him McDonalds on Friday for a happy meal. The big day arrived and as they were driving they passed a car accident. Usually, when they saw an accident like that they said a prayer for those who might be hurt, so she pointed and said to her son, "We should pray." From the back seat she heard his earnest request: "Please God, don't let those cars block the entrance to McDonalds." That's what I call, keeping your focus.

ILLUSTRATION: Chesty Puller was the most highly-decorated marine in history with fourteen medals for combat bravery, an unprecedented five Navy Crosses, in addition to countless unit citations and campaign ribbons. To this day, Marines at Parris Island end their day by saying, "Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!" In Korea, at the battle of Choisin Reservoir, Puller and his men found themselves hold up in the town of Koto-ri, completely surrounded by ten full Divisions of Chinese Infantry determined to kill every American they could find. Chesty Puller said "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem because now, they can't get away." That's what I call, keeping your focus.

Focus is a powerful concept. Diffused light is easily blocked but focus that light into a laser and it can cut through steel. Water splashes off of rock but focus that water with pressure through a nozzle and it can blast through granite.

We've been in a sermon series on leadership based out of John 21. In that chapter John records the resurrected Jesus' appearance to Peter and the other disciples. The encounter takes place during the 50-day gap between Easter and Pentecost, that is, between the resurrection of Jesus and the birth of the Church. Jesus is putting the f ...

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