I love eagles. I have a bronze eagle on my bookcase, a wooden eagle on my file cabinet and pictures too. I’m not saying I picked my alma mater Boston College because we are the eagles but it may have helped make the decision. Even the fact that a certain Eagles team beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl can’t change my affection for eagles.

When we were in Alaska last year I learned even more about eagles. They are amazing birds. They can be flying in the sky and spot a fish from a mile away. Human beings have very good eyesight. But we could never see a fish in water like an eagle can. Their eyesight is eight times stronger than ours.

Just as impressive is what they do after they spot the fish. They can fly up to 100 miles an hour to get their prey. Once they lock in they are completely focused and they act swiftly to get their fish. When they lock their talons onto the fish it is over. The eagle has won and the fish is their food.

This is the reason we have the term eagle-eye. An eagle has vision and focus. And we need that in our lives. Focus is powerful. It is a mathematical reality. Wherever force is focused its power increases. This is why a laser is such a potent tool. Whether it is manufacturing or medicine lasers make life better because of their precision and power.

Have eagle-eye focus today. Don’t allow distractions to keep from what God has called you to do. There are likely more distractions in our world than ever before. It is so easy to binge watch hundreds of television programs or play hundreds of video games. We can spend countless hours on the Internet surfing an endless amount of content.  And they’re so many other distractions as well.

But it is focus that leads to impact. When we focus we can accomplish so much more. We can actually see what others don't see. And when we see it we must take action. Like the eagle we need to go after it with speed and determination.

We miss out on too much in life because we are not focused. We are not looking and opportunities pass us by. Whenever we are distracted there is the potential of overlooking exactly what we have been working for and waiting to see. Stay focused, keep watching and when you see it – act.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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