It’s was one day last week. I was going about my day. Thing after thing came my way to cause distractions.
Out of my spirit, I heard myself say, “I will not be controlled by distractions!”
Distraction is defined in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary as;
The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation. Confusion from a multiplicity of objects crowding on the mind and calling the attention different ways; perturbation of mind; perplexity; Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; Madness; a state of disordered reason; franticness; furiousness. Folly in the extreme, or amounting to insanity.
We see from this definition that distraction has several different levels. It can come as a simple opportunity to draw you away from something else. It can cause you to be frustrated for certain…and…
If not addressed, it can cause confusion. Perplexity. Tumult. Disordered reason. Furiousness. Even insanity.
Now, let’s look at the word, control. It is defined as; to restrain, to govern, to overpower, to counteract, to have superior force or authority.
We cannot allow distractions to govern what we do, or how we act. We cannot allow distractions to exert force or authority over us.
Let’s look at a few scriptures I came across while studying distractions in the Passion Translation Bible.
Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Proverbs 4:25
The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Luke 10:41
Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm. Colossians 3:2
We see from the word of God that distractions will come. However, we cannot allow them to rule our lives or our emotions.
We may not be able to stop distractions from coming our way, but we can handle them in a way that brings glory to God. How do we do that?
By remaining in peace. By continuing to walk in love. By keeping our eyes and mind firmly set on God and His word.
That day I had an opportunity to allow the many distractions to upset me. To hinder my progress. To bring everything to a screeching halt. But I did not. Instead I didn’t allow them to control my day. Or my emotions.
This week alone, I am quite certain, many distractions will come your way. When they do, remain in peace. Keep your eyes on God and follow His word. Remember His faithfulness.
I will leave you with one final scripture in 1 Cor. 7:35.
I love how the Passion Translation says it; So that you would have undistracted devotion, serving the Lord constantly with an undivided heart.
Meditate on this:
For every soldier called to active duty must divorce himself from the distractions of this world so that he may fully satisfy the one who chose him. 2 Timothy 2:4