How can we stop distracting ourselves?
1. Focus on what you’re doing.
Do what you can to improve your focus and concentration during distraction-prone times. If you’re reading your Bible, leave your phone in another room so you’re not tempted to look at it. If you’re trying to pray, put in some earplugs or earbuds with non-distracting sounds or music to help you focus.
2. Set a timer.
Sometimes, we distract ourselves from things we don’t want to do because boring or difficult tasks seem never-ending, so by setting a timer, we know that the task will have a definite end for today. For example, if God’s been prompting you toward a new job and you’ve got to brush-up your resume, set a timer for 20 minutes. Since you know that in 20 minutes, you won’t have to work on it anymore today, you’ll be more likely to focus and get it done during those 20 minutes.
3. Do what you need to do.
If you need to delete an app from your phone, delete it. If you need to cancel a subscription, cancel it. Do whatever you need to do to eliminate your distractions.
Releasing the distractions that have been holding us back and choosing to focus on what God’s calling us to is one of the ways we can build our endurance as we run the race He’s set before us.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
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