Yesterday I did something entirely unAshleylike…I went to a different cafe.
This may not sound like a big deal to you but trust me, it is. I am very much a creature of habit, and I thrive off of an orderly, balanced diet of consistency.
So for me, going to a different cafe really threw my day out of whack. Nothing crazy happened in the new coffee house, but because it was unfamiliar territory, I struggled immensely with concentration.
The purpose of my going to a cafe was to complete some assignments and to do my daily Scripture reading. After almost two hours of sitting in the same seat and long after my coffee cup was emptied, I had barely composed two pages worth of Bible study content.
The way that I learn from God’s Word is to write what He teaches me, be it in the form of a poem or in the style of a devotional. There’s no doubt He designed me to be a writer!
I had my inspiration music playing in my ears, and I was bent over the Word trying to block out all distractions. Even so, each time someone walked through the door, my head would pop up, and I would start people watching.
Then, I would try to regain focus only to have a little thought flutter by and distract me.
If someone asked me to describe my experience today I would compare it to a ball of yarn with such ridiculous tangles that every time you pulled one out another would form.
I can’t justify why my Bible study barely got done and why absolutely nothing academic was accomplished. The blame for being unproductive falls wholly on me.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 reads “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I could make every excuse in the book why I couldn’t focus, but the reality of it is that I had allowed myself to lose focus and my loss of focus was manifested in the poorly written, halfhearted works.
God was trying to speak to me, but I was so busy being so distracted that I missed a great deal of what He was trying to communicate.
When our attention isn’t on Jesus and what He did for us on Calvary, we make ourselves vulnerable to the distractions of the enemy.
The enemy’s schemes may seem harmless enough at first. You just want to dabble in a little of this, or invest more energy into that, but I warn you that this is a slippery-slope of thinking.
The author of Hebrews continues to say in verse 28 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;” If our love for God isn’t the driving force behind what we do, I can already tell you that the results will never be as satisfying as when we do everything unto the Lord.
In prayer today I urge you to be introspective and honest. Ask God to reveal any areas in your life that you are attempting in your own strength or that you have strayed away from Him in.