Sniper Focus

I’m easily distracted & that can be very challenging. There are always external distractions like the phone alerts, watching people get upset about small stuff, podcasts for listening, multiple books I want to absorb, tasks undone, etc. Then there’s also the internal distractions – feelings that can be challenging, creative ideas that could be fun, stress from impending deadlines, etc.
Thankfully, I met a new friend this morning on my way to catch a plane. She was studying Philippians 4:7-8, which talks about keeping our thoughts focused on constructive & beneficial stuff. For me, this means that I stay intentional about not getting distracted. It also means that I keep my thoughts grounded in the Bible so I don’t mindlessly roam away from God. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit gives us sniper focus so that we live a life that hits the mark & overflows with divine purpose.

I Yelled

One of my offspring, who will remain nameless, became distracted during their kitchen cleaning chores & flooded the kitchen sink, floor & down into our basement. I yelled & I’m still in the unhappy camper zone – it will take me some time to come off the ceiling & not be snarky (nicknames like Noah, Ahab from Moby Dick & swimming snipes are fully flourishing in my brain). 
All of this started when someone didn’t pay attention to an important responsibility. And this is a problem any one of us can experience. I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve had to compensate or fix something that’s been messed up for the simple reason that I was distracted. 

Let’s keep our focus on the important stuff: do justice, love kindness & walk humbly with God, Micah 6:8 🙂

the attraction distraction

 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 🙂