“Fit every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5 MSG
If you are anything like me at times you may have a long list of things to do, and as you look at the list the smallest thought that comes into your mind distracts you from getting started. Some would call it procrastination. Some call it an inability to focus. Some call it ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. Others may call it taking a break, or re-grouping your thoughts. For me it is –getting distracted. Once I find myself on the rabbit trail of a new thought, or chore, that takes me off my list I have to purposefully remind myself to focus, and buckle down.
In my past life of working years in Corporate America I have taken several time management classes, and seminars. In a fast paced world with many demands, and technology exploding all around us, it’s easy to get distracted. Social media and all the avenues it offers can suck us into a time warp, and before we know it several minutes or hours have passed. Not only Social Media, but people can be a distraction. People pleasers may find that because they want to please everyone it leaves little time for what they need to get done. In all of the classes and seminars I attended each one would say “do the important things, the big things, first. Then do the small things.” For each of us, depending on the stage of our lives the important, and big, things will be different. For instance, at work you may be facing a deadline on a project, or a report that is due for a meeting. That will take precedence over leaving work early to play a round of golf. My pastor has referred to being distracted as the Devil trying to get you off task. To confuse you from completing the task at hand. In all the above situations any distraction can occur, and do occur. There is truth in that.
This morning as I write I find myself being distracted by thoughts of other things that really have nothing to do with my list. Since I missed the Oscars my thoughts are to check the internet to see who won what, who was best dressed, etc. all things that would consume valuable time, and add zero benefit to my life. As I search the scriptures for verses about being distracted I am reminded of 2 Cor. 10:5 take every thought captive to Christ. There is a peace that comes when I am reminded that God is in control, when He has given me a task to do, He will see to it that it is complete. (Ps. 60:6-10) While I work on the task at hand, He will watch over the other things. (Ps 121) When things happen I like to feel like I am not alone. Some of you may deal with the exact thing of being distracted, getting behind on a task, or a project, and re-prioritizing to try and make more time. How do we make more time after we have been distracted? I did not surf the Internet for information on the Oscars, but instead continue in the scriptures with what does God say?
We can take our example from Jesus in Matthew “see first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Mt. 6:33) Jesus is talking about worrying about our daily needs of clothes and food. But, I will tell you whenever I have sought Him first thing in the morning, amazingly by the end of the day my list is completed. The Devils mantra for each day is to “kill, steal, and destroy.” (Jn. 10:10) When distractions come our way, I’m not talking about full fledge emergency situations, we should recognize them and take those thoughts captive to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) What does that mean, take captive to Christ? My New Living Translation study bible says “when we are exposed to ideas and opportunities that might lead to wrong desires, you can turn away, or allow them to take you captive and follow them. (NLT p. 1973fn) The key to that is “taking them to the Lord, and asking Him to re-direct your thinking.” (NLT p. 1973fn) This takes discipline. I don’t know about you, but I am still a work in progress.
When we fix our thoughts on God’s word the distractions become limited “you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isa. 26:3 NLT) Jesus himself says, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5) With that planted in my mind this task is complete, and I am on to the next; keeping my thoughts on what needs to get done, and submitting it to Jesus.
May you avoid distractions by keeping your thoughts on Him, remaining in Him, and thereby produce much fruit!
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015