Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
The attributes of Spiritual Power that we are examining this month in Youth Ministry are, Concentration, Self-Mastery, and Spiritual Authority This Week, our attention is on our faculty of Concentration. In order for any power source to be successful, it must be focused, concentrated, and grounded. Think about an electrical outlet in your home — it functions properly because the electrical current flows in a safe and organized fashion. Our spiritual Power of Power can be thought of in a similar way. In order to be the powerful force for good, for peace, for love in our world, we need moments of single-mindedness, mindfulness, and calm focus.
These unprecedented times in our world are giving many people large chunks of unscheduled time; time we can fill mindlessly or mindfully. Slowing down and focusing on just one thing at a time is the opposite of what the external world has been instructing us to do for years. And, on the surface, slowing down makes zero sense: isn’t doing more, faster the ultimate path to productivity? The real truth is that doing more than one thing at a time is a great way to become busier, but is that really our goal? When we try doing multiple things at the same time, the brain is more stimulated, and it releases more of the pleasure hormone, dopamine. But study after study has shown that while multitasking can be stimulating, it invariably makes us less productive. Less focused. Less Powerful.
This week, I know that I can direct my thoughts and actions, that I can focus my energy, that I can be the calm in any of life’s storms. I am so grateful for my ability to concentrate and to create inner peace. My focused energy sparks love in my world. Here’s to a week energized by calm and intentional focus!