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Dealing With Distractions

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Are distractions a problem? Michael Hyatt shares in an article 10 Practical Ways to Focus Your Mental Energy

“I can’t imagine living in a more distracting time in human history. Hundreds of cable channels, millions of Web sites, and the constant pinging of email and social media all compete for our attention.” [2]

I agree that our lives are extremely crowded. Add to this bills, laundry, grocery shopping, sports events and practices, any number of things that compete for our time, and if we are not careful can become big distractions.

As a Christian, we know there are certain things we need to do and to incorporate into our lives both daily and weekly if we want to remain faithful in the Lord. We should be meeting with the Lord’s Church for both worship and fellowship (ref. Acts 20: 7; Acts 2: 42). We need to be devoted to the study of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2: 15). We must be dedicated in our prayers (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We need to be caring for others (James 1: 27) and sharing the hope we have in the gospel of Christ with our friends and family (Matthew 28: 19-20). These are but a few things we are called to and called to do in the Lord.

Often though, the problem is not in understanding what we must do. We know what the Bible teaches us as Christians concerning walking faithfully in Him. Most of us, I believe, have a desire to serve the Lord faithfully. We have a desire to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” as Peter says in (1 Peter 3:18). I don’t think the problem, for the most part, is our desire or willingness to serve the Lord, but the many things that can distract us in our day. Our days are crowded, and it is often the case that serving the Lord, studying His Word, and being devoted to prayer, get pushed back because of the distractions.