I am easily distracted. I think that’s why my parents had me tested for an attention disorder more than once in elementary school. I passed though, or failed, depending on which way you look at it.
I have great aspirations of starting my day in prayer or reading the bible, but for some reason I generally end up staring at my phone for 30mins until I have to get up and get ready for the day. This is just a small example of distraction in my life. I choose to spend time with something else other than Jesus far more than I’d like to admit.
Often times it seems that we consider a healthy relationship with Jesus to look like doing more good than bad, but I would argue that a healthy relationship is marked by the amount of time we spend with Him. The amount of time we spend talking with Him, listening to Him, and reading His heart (the bible) is a better barometer of our relationship with Jesus.
Since I am so easily distracted, and building relationships with anyone takes work, I tend to gravitate down the path of least resistance which usually involves a distraction of the electronic variety.
My TV, iPhone, iPad, and Laptop are not bad things, but they are when they stand between me and Jesus, which they often do. I am so easily satisfied by a few minutes or hours with each of these things that I often forget how much better it is to be in the presence of the one who created me and knows me better than anyone else. The one who authored true joy and satisfaction, which we can’t find apart from Him.
Here is Jesus talking about the things we distract ourselves with…
“19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. – Matthew 6:19-24″
When I choose to be distracted by something am I really hating God and loving that treasure that will only fade and break with time? On the surface I don’ t think of it that way, but when I dig down deeper and look at the ratio of time spent with Jesus versus time spent with other things then maybe I am.
I often brush these moments of distraction off and say I’ll get it right next time, but next time isn’t coming. My laziness has become a habit which is more serious than I treat it. We either love Jesus or love the things of this world. There’s no middle ground.
Jesus has drawn the line. We can’t serve two masters. It’s time to fight for our time with Him now and stop letting ourselves be distracted.
Are you easily distracted? How to do you get back on track?
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