Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart;.
For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh."
Proverbs 4:20-22 (NKJV)
There are many things we need to pay attention to in life. If you are driving your car, you need to pay attention to speed limit signs and traffic directions. In a school setting, you have to pay attention to the teacher and what you are learning, so you pass the tests and actually learn the material. On your job, there may be things your boss or a co-worker tells you that you need to keep your focus on and pay attention to, to do your job correctly. If you do not pay attention, the results are usually less than success.
In the Book of Proverbs, it refers several times to the need to pay attention to something in order to learn, gain wisdom and understanding, and avoid problems. The results of not paying attention are never seen as a good thing, but it is important to notice that while the need to pay attention is stressed, there is nothing indicating that someone is going to be forced to pay attention. Paying attention is something we have to make a choice to do, and it is not something that is automatic.
So many times, people do not pay attention to and keep their focus on the right thing, because they are distracted by something else. By paying attention to the wrong thing, and not keeping our focus on the right thing, it is easy to make mistakes and do things that we should not be doing. We must pay attention to and focus on God's Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, and learn to filter out other things. This is the only way we can successfully navigate our way through life and fulfill the will of God.