The challenge is to ask myself each day what I value most, what is it that grips my heart and pushes me to stay "Focused" on what is most important. Sure there are fires along the way every day that I have to put out. There are stresses every day that seem overwhelming that weight down on me. But if I am not focused on what I am on this earth for, everything begins to blur. When that happens, I tend to go into "Autofocus" if you will, and common sense takes over and drives my actions. In Church-ease we say it is my "calling" in life, my purpose. If I don't live on purpose, then life drives my purpose.
Chambers asks the question, "What do I really count dear?" If I have not been gripped by Jesus Christ on a daily basis, Chambers reminds me that not only will I count my life dear to myself, but my service, and even my time given to God as dear, and not my personal relationship with Him. If I am not focused on that relationship, then all other relationships and "things" in my life, and the things that I do lose their significance in what is really important in my day.
This may seem a little out there and even a little extreme for some. Some say I am just simply thinking too hard. But if I can keep my relationship with Jesus as my focal point, everything else becomes clearer as I prioritize my day. The entire image of my life becomes so much easier to sort through and compose. If I don't do this, my common sense familiarity with God takes over and I tend to lean on my own understanding, and the Bible is very clear that that will get me no where fast.