As I’m writing, a neighbour in my street is playing music. Loudly. It’s distracting. Ha! I keep trying to concentrate on writing and studying, but these obnoxious songs keep bursting through my walls and windows. My mind is fighting to focus.
It’s like that sometimes. Distractions are everywhere, tugging on our arms, filling our eyes and gnawing at our ears… trying to lure our hearts and focus down little alleyways not conducive to our journey. Image, material possessions, wealth, influence, positions of power, reputation, desires, lusts, greed, noise, busyness… all distractions. Many of these aren’t bad in and of themselves, but when we compromise who we are to try and attain them, they become deadly.
‘Busy' is a HUGE modern day distraction. I believe in hard work, setting goals, dreaming big and activating plans… But busy for busy sake? No way. Busyness doesn’t make you important. It can make you tired and sick if you’re chasing the wrong things.
Socrates said “Beware the barrenness of a busy life…” And Dolly Parton (those two side by side – WINNING!) said, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
Fame, money, fortune, influence… these are things that we're tempted to think equal significance. While some people will experience these, it doesn’t make them more important than anyone else. What is truly fulfilling is following the path God has for us. Don’t get distracted by what she’s doing, or by what he said, or by what they have (or your neighbours music), but put your life to the way of Christ.
The Message Bible reads this verse “Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way.” The journey of faith, the road of His word and ways.
Many things will cross your path. Some will enhance and invigorate your journey, others bring destruction and pain… Through it all, keep your eyes focused on God. Don’t get distracted, steady your mind and heart and enjoy this beautiful life you've been given. No matter what blessing or heartache has overwhelmed you, God will lead you through, healing and refining you step by step.
Ps 119:1 & 4 “You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God… Oh, that my steps might be steady…”
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