Life is full of Distractions! These moments of fear, stress, worry and concern can show up at any given time and can mask themselves in many arenas of our lives. It is vital for us to be aware of the people or things that try to deter or discourage us in our destiny and purpose of life.
As I Pastor a Church, parent 4 children, work on being a better husband, take care of home chores and juggle my girls sports and school schedules I am often reminded of how easy it is to become distracted. In the past few months we have endured family health scares, car troubles, higher utility bills than expected, young babies, several personal situations and numerous work related scenarios that have caused me to explore this subject of distractions and the damage that they can cause in our health, lives and even our relationship with Christ.
Regardless of age, position, responsibility or status there are countless distractions waiting to somehow get us off track and throw us into chaos, confusion and mental turmoil. God’s desire for us in John 10:10 states “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” but the opposite in the verse was “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy”. God wants us to enjoy peace, joy, grace, love and abundant life but the distractions of life would love to steal those God gifts from us.
The definition of the word “distract” means to disturb in mind or purpose, to cause mental confusion or to throw off. How many times do bills, monies, stress, arguments, traffic, parenting, un-answered prayers, a doctor’s report, miss-communication, long days or lack of sleep throw us off of the intended plans and purposes of God?
Luke 10:39-42 tells us the story of Mary and Martha when Jesus Christ visited their home. The passage tells us
“39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41″Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
42but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Sometimes we are so guilty of being distracted from “what’s needed” in life and drawn into being pre-occupied with “so many things”.
2 Corinthians 7:1 in the Message Bible gives us this advice: With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.
Whether it’s your health, education, marriage, job, parenting, friendships, your relationship with Christ or any other area of your life it is pertinent for you to choose “what’s needed” and to make a clean break from what “defiles and distracts” you.
Distance yourself from distractions! They may show up as guilt, shame, depression, money problems, past failures, criticism, accusations, un-due pressure, anxiety, stress, worry, family, fear, job situations or life’s cares and concerns but keep your focus on God and His plan for your life!
Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 2:10 gives us confidence that there is always hope and victory for us in His presence and His plans.