Dismantling the distractions

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes.

Yesterday mine was as simple as seeing a German Shepherd being walked outside the cafe I was in. I was supposed to be studying the Word and spending time with God, but when I saw that dog, I completely lost all sense of what I was doing.

More quickly than normal, I recognized the distraction for what it was and returned my attention to fellowship with the Father.

We live in a world where we have access to peoples’ lives, a plethora of information, and endless resources in a pocket-sized package.

Distraction is literally at our fingertips!

In John 21:22 we see Jesus dealing with Peter on people distractions.

Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”

Peter had just asked Jesus what was going to happen to John, what he was going to do when Jesus ascended into Heaven. And the Lord simply told him, it didn’t matter what John was called to do, Peter needed to focus on the mission God had given him.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what everyone else is doing or what we wish we were doing that we miss God-opportunities in the here and now. We are living in a perpetual state of distraction, of turning our attention to things we have no business worrying about.

Peter’s call wasn’t determined by what John was doing but by what Jesus had spoken to him. His eyes were on the wrong person!

We complain or fuss about not hearing from God or being given direction, but then we never take the time to actually sit down and be with the Lord. We’re too busy doing this or that, investing our precious free time doing silly, worthless things.

I honestly wonder what we could accomplish as the body of Christ if we began to develop and discipline ourselves into denying the flesh and satisfying the Spirit.

As I was doing my Bible Study this morning the Lord brought my focus to Philippians 4:8.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 

If you are serious about wanting to dismantle the distractions in our lives, I encourage you to use Philippians 4:8 as a guide. In this verse Paul is instructing the church in Philippi to dwell on things that are of “excellence” and “worthy of praise”.

Filter every distraction through the attributes listed in this verse.

Is this TV show I’m watching pure

Is what (s)/he told me about myself and my walk true

Is my jealousy over this person’s Instagram life honorable

Is this activity I’m partaking of right

Is the workplace conversation I’m engaged in of good repute

Is the music I’m blaring in my car lovely

Once you begin to view your day and its activities through a God-honoring lens, you will begin to notice things you need to eliminate. And you may even be surprised how much time dismantling these distractions will give you to turn your attention and heart back to the Author and Finisher of our faith.

He alone is worthy of our live’s diligence and our spirit’s adoration. Do not waste the limited time you have on this earth only investing in the temporal. Ask God to give you a kingdom-based mindset, and He will start to work on softening your heart to His will.

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