My girls love horses, so occasionally we will watch a clip from a horse race and pick our favorite. “The one with the pink!” the 5 year old declares. “I want the gray one to win!” exclaims the elder. We are very scientific in our choices.

Sidenote: another example of our stellar sporting picks is in NASCAR. My favorite driver is Kyle Busch because he drives the m&m car and he wins a lot. Every time he wins, I celebrate with a bag of m&m’s. All in support of racing of course.

The other day we were watching one of these horse races, and the girls noticed that some of the horses had a special contraption around their eyes. 

“Oh, those are blinders,” I told them. “You know how horses have such a wide range of vision?”

“Yes, I know that! Horses can see everywhere except behind them and right in front of them!” Thank you, Wild Kratts.

“Well,” I continued, “sometimes they use blinders to help the horses stay focused. The less they are distracted, the more likely they are to maintain a straight course, run fast, and win the race.”

Did you catch that?

When a horse’s eyes are fixed on what’s ahead, they are less likely to get spooked by something blowing in the wind or be distracted by a rival horse. Rather, they are more likely to be sure of themselves and accomplish their purpose.

This is true of people too. When we operate with the end goal in mind, we are much less likely to run off course or become caught up in what someone else is or isn’t doing. Keeping our eyes fixed on the intended outcome helps us ward off the distractions and accomplish our goals. 

We say “no” to the extra cookie (but not all cookies, because what a downer) when on track to get our lives healthy. We wake up early, write to-do lists, or read a book in order to grow our business or our own personal development. When we sense that the little changes now will make big changes down the road, we put on our blinders, eliminate distractions, and race ahead.

The same is true for our relationship with Jesus. When we are fixated on Him, not looking to the right or to the left, but firmly moving forward in the life He has called us to, we are unshakeable. Immovable. We won’t be distracted by the next fad blowing in the wind. We won’t be so concerned with comparing ourselves to others. We will simply move ahead, eyes on the prize, aiming to win the race.

…let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…
— Hebrews 12:1-2

King Solomon, known for his wisdom, advised his son to not be sidetracked, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” Proverbs 4:25

What happens when our eyes are fixed on what lies before us? On eternal, Kingdom things? Well, the Bible holds some promises.

We Have Peace

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3

We Maintain Eternal Perspective

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We Experience Transformation

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” Romans 12:2 (The Message)

Sometimes it’s easy to let the worries of life weigh us down. But friend, don’t give up. Put your blinders on and chase after God’s plan for your life. Experience His peace, remember your eternal reward, and allow your Maker to continue His transformation of you as you live your life for His glory.

Be fixated on Jesus, and let all the rest melt away.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me - everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
— Phillipians 4:8-9