Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Danger of Distractions

 Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Some material taken from If Only vs Regardless and One Thing I Do

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:1-3 NIV

The Danger of Distractions

Today we have so many things that can distract us. In fact, people make money off distracting us. How many countless hours have you spent scrolling through social media? Or bingeing on Netflix – ouch!  I hate to say it, but it is true. We literally have whatever we want to distract ourselves in the palm of our hands. You can do just about anything on a cell phone, including binge watch a show.

Don’t get me wrong, a little distraction can be a good thing at times, until it begins to take over your mind. Suddenly it is all you think about and what you can’t wait to do as soon as you have any “free” time (that is not really free time). It is so easy to slip into this place, and this past year we have sought to be distracted from what was going on in the world. Now, some of us are having a harder time than others getting back to not being distracted. We have grown very comfortable in our cozy quarantine clothes, working from home and watching church online on Sunday mornings.

Sometimes people find distractions because they don’t want to think about what is really going on in their lives. Sometimes people find distractions because they just don’t want to do what they should be doing – like the dishes, or cleaning house, or having a quiet time. It comes down to putting the most important things at the top of the list, and then if you have time for a distraction you can indulge a little without completely taking your focus off what is most important.

Faithfulness to Christ is based in maintaining the proper priorities in life with a willingness to submit all other things to His purpose and agenda. Losing your focus leads to losing your purpose which leads to losing your joy. Establishing priorities will help when distraction threatens to steal our time. We can quickly re-focus when we have a list of priorities we are trying to stick to. The biggest danger of distraction is to our spiritual life. We can become spiritually complacent if we are not careful. Once we become happily distracted it is hard to trade it for spiritual discipline.

What distraction are you enjoying that you know you should be eliminating? Or at least reducing some? We all have them, but we have to learn to manage them and put the first things first. Jesus is first over everything. When we put Him in that first place, everything else will fall into place. Stephen Covey stated in the Seven habits of Highly Effective People, “First Things First Make a Winner Every Time.” When we put Jesus as the first thing, it is not to say we won’t have troubles, because we will. Jesus told us that. But we will certainly have less troubles, and a more fulfilled life when He is elevated to the most important place.

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