Since I was a young girl I have acquired a slight fear of heights. I still remember that quaint familiarity of the fearful rush I get when I am reaching the elevation above and beyond what I am comfortable with.
I can recall a specific incident some years ago when I felt compelled to express my brave side to my older brother. We had a lot of trees next to our home and I remember being awe-struck as I watched my brother climb high all the way to the peak of the large maple in our yard. From what I can remember, the tree was rather tall, much taller than our cabin was. And being the younger sister who greatly admired her older brother, I felt quite intimidated when I saw what he had accomplished.
I am sure that you can guess what happened next -- to prove that I was capable of such venturousness, I began my journey up the maple. I made my way upward, climbing step by step, taking it slow because I still felt uneasy about being so far from ground level. I took deep breaths here and there as I worked my way to the top. Once I had reached the point where I felt that I had climbed exceptionally high, I looked below me to see if I was as high as I assumed. You can guess that I hadn't made it far at all and once I had looked down it caused great fear within and allowed me to lose concentration. I didn't continue thenceforth. The fear I had experienced deterred me from reaching my goal.
...This situation relates to Christianity. As Christians, we need to learn to keep our eye on the "Goal". As long as we keep our eyes on the Word of God, we will do just fine. It is when we get distracted that we lose sight of God in our lives and get ourselves into trouble.
Taking our eyes off of God's Word is the most dangerous thing we could ever do. Paradoxically, it is also the easiest. We can let past hurts, troubles, or even good things like ministry distract us from the ultimate prize, which is Christ alone.
"Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee."