“We interrupt this program for this important message . . . . “
All of these examples remind us of things that arrest our attention to focus & tell us to focus on something different, even if just for a few minutes. In general, I don’t need any help to interrupt my focus because I can be easily distracted. Consequently, I do as much as I can to eliminate distractions and interruptions. While this strategy can be helpful in being productive, it is also possible that God might be trying to get my attention and I’m dismissing the “divine interruption” because I perceive it as a distraction.
In the Bible, there are some great examples of God interrupting a person’s daily living to grab their attention & invite them to make a course correction. Such examples include: Moses & the burning bush, Samuel as a little boy with Eli, Gideon hiding in the winepress with the angelic visit, the Samaritan woman at the well with Jesus & Saul on the road to Damascus.
We would be wise to pause at what could be a distraction or interruption and reflect for a few moments to listen and watch for God to speak with us. Sometimes God interrupts our daily living to help us make some important decisions & course corrections 🙂
Do you ever struggle with distractions or competing priorities? There are loads of things in our world that demand our attention, from the pop-ups that happen on our Facebook feed to the random text message advertising some random product. So how do we deal with these distractions? And what about competing priorities? Here are some helpful thoughts that you could pass along to your friends / family as well 🙂
“The devil would kill ya with a hangnail if he could!” My dad had lots of fun quotes like this. From my childhood, I remember people laughing at this quote & I smiled like I understood, but I didn’t get it. Now that I have some life tread under my belt, I get it.
The enemy of your soul is out to rattle your cage, poison your thinking & sideline you with anything possible, even a hangnail.
Don’t let him – full stop.
Some helpful pointers:
Keep your eyes in Jesus.
Keep loving wholly.
Feed yourself the Bible everyday.
Chose faith & reject doubt.
Never forget that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world!
I’m coming to appreciate what it means to compensate from dislocating my shoulder in early January. When I injured my shoulder, I tore off some of the cartiledge from the bone so my shoulder muscles have been endeavoring to compensate and they’re getting very tired of doing extra duty for the last two months. It seems to me that we all try to compensate in various ways for things that we perceive as deficiencies, shortfalls and weaknesses. And here’s the honest truth: none of us are all of that & a bag of chips. We are all flawed, masterpieces in the making, rough cut & ragged on the inside & outside.
So rather than trying to compensate by amplifying our humanity, let’s lean into God, give up some control and trust that God is working in and on us, conforming us to the image of Jesus with the power & presence of the Holy Spirit 🙂
The attraction distraction is a fun play on words & my mind can go all kinds of fanciful directions with these words. Nonetheless, I’m thinking about these 2 words as they relate to people in our lives & connecting with Jesus. If I’m gut level honest with you about myself, you’ll discover that I’m keenly passionate about knowing Christ. For me, knowing Christ is the central “attraction” throughout my life, in all of its different contexts. With this in mind, the relationships that go through my life (some permanent & others being more temporary) can be a distraction or an enhancement to this attraction. Likewise, I can either distract people from Jesus or possibly make Jesus attractive by my interactions with others.
To attract or distract all depends on your goal. What are you trying to achieve? When you are clear about the goals in your life, then you can figure out the attraction & distraction challenges. May God give you the wisdom & focus you need for this day 🙂