June 25, 2012

Dangerously Distracted

As I have been talking to people lately, I have noticed that we are all so busy managing life and the daily details of our routines that on some levels we are actually at the point of being dangerously distracted.
  We have the daily responsibilities of work, family care, taking care of the home, paying the bills, etc, and there is nothing wrong or dangerous about these responsibilities...then on top of this we are busy on facebook, email, texting, exercising, primping in mirror, pinning on imaginary boards for our imaginary lives on Pinterest, hanging with friends, going shopping, helping our friends in crisis, writing blogs, worrying about how to pay the bills, worrying about if we are raising our kids right, and on, and on , and on. The problem becomes when we are so consumed with details of life that it distracts us from being present with the people in our lives. We become too busy to cultivate or sow into relationships.

  At every restaurant I go to I see people busy texting while they are with their families at dinner...too busy to enjoy them. Not only are we busy not being present with the people in our lives, but we are also too busy to spend time with God; in His word, praying, or listening for His voice. But, oh, thank goodness that many of us at least throw a quick shout out to God on our way to work, or a quick "thanks for the grub, God"...after all, it's the "Christian" thing to do. (sarcasm font).

 We are DANGEROUSLY DISTRACTED. In John 10:10 it says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I wonder if we are allowing the enemy to steal our family time by keeping us distracted? I wonder if we are allowing the enemy to slowly steal our time with God by keeping us so busy managing life? Truth is, we cannot blame the enemy. Though He may work to distract us, we choose to allow the distractions to steal our time with God and others. .

  Jesus came that we might have life...and have it to the full. Jesus came to show us how to live. But, without being with Him, and then being with others, we will never truly experience the full life He intended. What kind of things have been keeping you dangerously distracted these days?

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