I sat down at our dining room table to write the message I’m giving at a local church on Sunday.
I don’t remember what, but something caught my eye outside. It might have been my flowering pots that were starting to show the effects from missing a drink of water that day, or the three adorable, few-week-old kittens frolicking around our patio furniture. Or it might have been that it was a lovely day, and the sun beckoned my presence.
Whatever it was, my body followed the lure my eyes caught a glimpse of.
Twenty-or-so minutes later, I somehow found myself yanking weeds that were attempting to overtake my flower beds.
Wait. How did I get here?? Just a few minutes ago I was sitting in front of my laptop, ready to write my message. And now I’m knee-deep in my flower bed pulling weeds??
Chuckling at myself, I realized I did it again. I allowed myself to become distracted. It happens way too often.
I set aside the important, to dabble in the optional.
And I find myself way off-track. All because of distractions.
Distractions aren’t always necessarily bad, but when they pull us off course from something we know is best, they can be detrimental. Sure, my flower beds needed weeding. There was nothing wrong with tackling them. The problem was in the timing. I needed to be writing my message, not pulling weeds. Pulling weeds was optional. Writing my message was not.
Life is full of distractions, isn’t it?
You decide to go to bed early. But on your way there, you remember the wet clothes in the washer. You move them to the dryer, and see the basket of towels waiting to be folded. You fold them, and put them in the linen closet. But the closet’s a mess, and you straighten it up. You realize 30 minutes have passed. So much for going to bed early.
You sit down with your Bible, to study and pray. You get a text from a friend, inviting you to lunch. That leads you to search new restaurants on your phone, which takes you to a menu. You’re reminded of the spaghetti you are making for dinner, and you still need to thaw the hamburger. You rise from your chair, move the meat from the freezer to the fridge, and realize you haven’t had breakfast yet. You pour yourself a bowl of cereal and begin eating. So much for studying and praying.
I know, because I’ve lived these.
If we’re not careful, we can allow these seemingly small distractions to pull us so far off the path God has set before us, that we end up in a place we were never meant to be. Or doing something we were never meant to do.
Two scriptures come to mind:
Be careful to do just as the Lord your God has told you. Do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy 5:32
I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there; I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you. Psalm 32:8
Friend, take a hard look. Is there something distracting you? What is causing you to set aside the important, to dabble in the optional? Is there something taking you from God’s best for your life? Have you turned to the right or to the left?
And found yourself knee-deep in weeds?
It’s easy to do, and if you have, you’re not alone. It’s a good day to be aware of the distractions of life, to bid them farewell, and move forward on your journey with God as He leads you.
Let’s do this together. Tomorrow will talk about this further, and what we can do to avoid life’s distractions.
Blessings to you,