Put Your Blinders On

I raised you to be a thoroughbred. When thoroughbreds run, they wear blinders to keep their eyes focused straight ahead with no distractions, no other horses. They hear the crowd, but they don’t listen. They just run their own race. That’s what you have to do. Don’t listen to anyone comparing you to me or to anyone else. You just run your own race.
Marlo Thomas

Daily Devotional

Proverbs 4: 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Once upon a time, there was a group of tiny frogs who arranged a competition. The goal was to reach the top of a tower. A huge crowd of frogs gathered to watch the race and cheer on the contestants.

The race began.

Not one frog in the audience believed that the contestants would reach the top. After all, it was a HUGE tower! The crowd grew and many yelled,

  • “Oh, that is WAY too difficult!!’
  • “They will NEVER make it to the top.”
  • “Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”

One by one, the tiny frogs collapsed and fell off the tower. Still, there was a group of determined frogs that climbed higher and higher. But the crowd continued to yell,

  • “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!”

Discouraged and convinced by the negative cries, more of these tiny frogs collapsed and fell off the tower. Many frogs who were still climbing complained of the pain and eventually gave up. Some frogs, tired and battered, heard their peers’ complaints and subsequently threw in the towel too.

In the midst of this, ONE tiny frog persisted. He climbed. And he climbed. And he climbed. This tiny frog seemed to have super-frog strength that allowed him to push forward in spite of others failing. Why, though? Why is he able to climb so far when others are failing?? the crowd wondered.

By now, all the tiny frogs had either collapsed or given up — except for that one tiny frog. The crowd continued to yell, now at the tiny frog:

  • “This is too difficult!!’
  • “You will NEVER make it to the top!!”
  • “You better give up now while you can!!!”

But for some reason, that tiny frog climbed further, seemingly undaunted, unaffected. Finally, he reached the top of the hill. He had reached his destination!!!

All the tiny frogs were amazed as to how this one frog was able to make it to the top. They crowded around him, wanting to know his secret.

As it turned out, he was deaf. You have to get to the point where you tune out the negatives.

Whatever occupies your focus is what you will find yourself moving towards. A vivid example of that is when you are driving.  Have you ever noticed that when you are driving the vehicle tends to drift in the direction where your eyes have been planted. The journey towards your goal is much like that: if you get distracted and look to the left or right, that is the direction in which you will go.  In the end it will take you longer to reach your final destination.  This is why the scripture encourages us to focus on that which is important

Avoid getting distracted; success requires you to put you blinders on. The only place you should be looking is straight ahead.

Life Application: Remove anything and/or anyone from your environment that acts as a distraction.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to have my blinders on and ignore the noise of the enemy. Help me listen only to your voice and instructions whether they come directly from you or through others whom you have sent. In Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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