Today I have been distracted. Big time. I was distracted last night as well and went to bed later than I had wanted to. I was distracted at home and came 20 minutes late to the office. I was distracted in the office, and started things later than I had wanted to. All because I was worked up over things I have absolutely no control over. I’m pretty sure most people can relate to being distracted. There is always plenty of time in the day to do the things we need to, and spend it with the people we love, but the distractions constantly are battling for our attention. And with good reason: if we’re distracted, we’re not fulfilling our purpose, and if we don’t fulfill our purpose, we feel useless, and if we feel useless, we get distracted by how useless we are, and so these weapons of mass distraction keep us from what we’re here for.
And what are we here for? We bear the image of God. He designed us in His image and created us to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue and rule over the earth! We get side tracked, distracted from our purpose, and so go against our design. We are made for more that we fill our lives with. We’re designed for relationship with our Creator and for one another. Yet distractions push and pull us in every direction but the one we should be heading in. What is causing you to be distracted? Can you remove it from your life? What would your life become as you seek out God and the welfare of your neighbors?
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules[c] of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
1 Corinthians 10:6-13
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.