1. Avoid Distractions
We are a distracted generation. With the Internet, laptops, and smartphones, we have an entire database of information at our fingertips. Whether we want to know how far the earth is from the moon or what the neighbor had for breakfast, it’s all available to us in a matter of seconds.
This is both good and bad. It’s good because we’re now able to learn and connect with one another like never before. It’s bad because having all this information available to us has become a distraction.
And if there’s one thing that will prevent us from seeing God move in our lives, it’s distractions.
Your distraction may not be your phone; it’s anything you give an excessive amount of time and energy to that prevents you from tending to more important priorities.
As believers, God should be our priority, and if we’re more prone to pick up our phones than pray, we’re missing out.
We’ve been fooled into thinking our distractions can satisfy and fulfill us; that’s why we keep going back to them. Instead, we miss out on the true satisfaction only God can provide. Everything we think we’ll find in distraction, God has already granted us, and every time we overindulge, we miss out.
Martha, in Luke 10, was distracted. She invited Jesus to her home, and instead of spending time with Him, learning from Him, and enjoying His presence like her sister Mary, she chose to clean up.
There’s nothing wrong with cleaning up or wanting a tidy house. But because she was so distracted by her productivity, she couldn’t see the value in simply being with the God of the universe.
I feel convicted just writing that. How many times have thought I’d be happy if my house were clean, or if I had more money in the bank, or if I had a different job completely, ignoring the fact that every day I have access to the Prince of Peace?
Distraction is an ugly cycle of seeing what we don’t have and seeking more and more of it outside of God. It’s a trap because our true satisfaction only comes from Jesus Christ.
God wants to move in our lives and grant us the peace and satisfaction we desperately desire. There are so many ways He is at work right now, but distraction prevents us from seeing it.
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