Happy Star Wars Wednesday! No, I still haven’t seen The Force Awakens, and I’m avidly avoiding all forms of spoilers. My current plan is to wait until school starts back up, and to go to the first showing that Wednesday. How can I possibly stand to wait that long? I’ve been to midnight releases and previews before, and I find one thing disheartening—not being able to hear all the lines over noisy movie goers. Call me the Grinch if you like, but I want dead silence when I’m watching a movie I love. I want to catch every, single line—especially with the price of movie tickets these days.

Anyway, enough of my movie viewing scheduled, let’s talk The Phantom Menace and specifically Qui-Gon:

I’m not allowed to train you, so I want you to watch me and be mindful…always remember, your focus determines your reality. ~ Qui-Gon

“Your focus determines your reality…” is not just a Jedi principle, it is also a Biblical principle echoed throughout scripture…

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. ~ Romans 8:5-8 ESV

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. ~ Colossians 3:2 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:33 ESV

The set of our minds becomes our reality. If we set our minds on earthly, worldly things, that is what will come out of our life. If we set our minds on the things of Heaven, out of our life will come heavenly things.

The thing is just because we go to church and live the Christian-culture-life doesn’t mean our focus is necessarily on the things of above and not the things of this earth. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our culture and traditions we forget that those things are not really all that important. What is important is our focus and growth on our relationship with God, and how that growth is making us more and more like Christ in this world—loving, forgiving, grace-filled, generous, serving, etc.

If the fruits of the Spirit are not increasingly becoming the reality of who we are, if we aren’t becoming more and more like Christ, our focus is not on the things of above. Time for a focus shift.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~ Philippians 4:8 ESV

Your focus is your reality. If you don’t like your reality, change your focus. 🙂