Eliminating Distractions

Over the past couple of weeks I have talked about Seeking God and my July Challenge. Mainly one thing that I have been working on is eliminating distractions. I strongly believe that distractions are one of the devil’s tactics to get us Christians off course.

In today’s culture we have so many things coming at us – texts, emails, alerts, phone calls, instant messages, social media posts, etc. It can be overwhelming. It is wonderful that we can use technology to stay in touch with loved ones who live hundreds of miles away. But technology has also created a lot of distractions in our lives. You cannot go anywhere without seeing people who are glued to their phones. If you are driving in the car, you will see other drivers scrolling through Instagram posts while at a traffic light. If you go to a restaurant, you will see people at other tables scrolling on their phones as they wait for their food.

The world can distract us in many other ways, as well. Some people use alcohol or drugs to distract themselves from life. Others use shopping to give themselves momentary happiness. We often let other people influence us, which can be a distraction as well. There’s also television, video games, and so much more.

With all these distractions, we have less time to focus on the things that matter – God and our families. Could it be that we missed out on a meaningful conversation with our loved ones because we were too busy looking at Pinterest? Could it be that we missed something that God wanted to tell us because we were too distracted with a Netflix binge?

Some of these things are not necessarily bad things. It is essential to have a little down time in our lives. But I do feel that the world today does too much of these things, and misses out on so much of real life!

This is how Jennie Allen put it: “So if I were your enemy, I would make you numb and distract you from God’s story. Technology, social media, Netflix, travel, food, comfort. I would not tempt you with notably bad things, or you would get suspicious. I would distract you with everyday comforts that slowly feed you a different story and make you forget God. Then you would dismiss the Spirit leading you, loving you, and comforting you. Then you would start to love comfort more than surrender, and obedience and souls.” (Proven by Jennie Allen © 2017.)

I, for one, feel so strongly about this that I often hold fasts from these things. As I talked about in my last post, I tried to cut back significantly on these things during the month of July. It is also a normal practice for me during Lent. And on the Sabbath I try to stay off all of those things completely.

When I get to the end of my life, I would hate it if God showed me how much I missed out on because I was too distracted.

What joy overwhelms everyone who keeps the ways of God, those who seek him as their heart’s passion! – Psalm 119:2 TPT

This reminds me of the Israelites in the desert. They were distracted by a negative report from ten men and missed the positive report from two men. As a result they remained in the desert forty years longer than necessary. And the two men who gave the positive report (Joshua and Caleb) were the only two adults that made it into the Promised Land. Sadly, the rest died in the desert.

Could it be that we too will miss out on a promise or a gift from God because we allowed something else to take our focus?

Now that my July challenge is over, I do not want to forget what I learned. I do not want to fall back into a life of distraction. I want to hold tightly to the Lord and hold everything else loosely in my hands. He should be our number one priority – always. Let us look up, keep our focus on our Lord and Savior, and lay down the things that keep us from His best.

Heavenly Father, I pray that You help us to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts today. Help us to see the things You want us to see. Help us to hear what You are trying to tell us. And help our hearts to always remain tethered to You. We know that satan wants to keep us distracted from the path You have for us. But we are taking a stand. We will not allow the enemy to get a foothold in our lives. Please give us the strength we need to cling to You – every moment of every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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10 Comments on “Eliminating Distractions

  1. Oh gosh Bridget, you have mentioned such a crucial thing here. Satan uses distractions as a very effective way to keep us off track. It is up to us to have healthy boundaries with those things.
    I like what you said here that you focused a lot on those things in July but you do not want to just slide back to old habits.
    The bit you shared by Jenni Allen was so on point. We truly have to be alert and watchful.
    Awesome reminder, thanks for sharing 💙.

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    • Thank you, Manu! I appreciate your insight. This is something God has been laying on my heart a lot lately. You are absolutely right – “it is up to us to have healthy boundaries with those things.” Thank you for pointing that out. I pray we all can find the right balance that allows us to stay focused on God and His will for our lives!! Thanks again, my friend! 💜

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  2. Amen. Technology can be helpful, but it can also be a hindrance. Having times set aside for activities is helpful. This is definitely something I need to work on, but I am so glad that when I am struggling God can shift my eyes and focus. We do have to want it though and we do have to pray without ceasing. I guess prayer comes before the desires of our heart. Fervent prayer it’s the start of a straight and devoted path. That can take discipline at first, but it comes easier with practice. Much easier when you see God working and moving, but we can definitely get distracted along the way. So many things bombard our lives. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bridget. You make so many good points. A lot to think about. May the Lord lead us in His good way and may we avert those destructive distractions.

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    • And you made many good points too! I think you hit the nail on the head – prayer comes first. It is vital to keep us on track. Personally, I often just go about my life, doing whatever presents itself. Maybe if we are better about praying without ceasing, as you said, then this will help direct our steps. Thanks so much for that wonderful advice! I pray the Lord leads us every moment of every day! Blessings! ❤️

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  3. Hello Bridget, fantastic post. It made me think about factors like fear, discontent, worry as distractions as well. They are laid on our paths to make us stumble and look away from God and our paths. May we continue to rely on His grace and mercies each day. God bless you!

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    • Ah yes! Excellent point! The devil will use whatever he can to get us off track. This tells me how so very important it is to cling to God at all times. Then we can better discern the distractions in our lives and navigate around them. Thanks so much for mentioning that! God bless you too! 💕

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  4. Last week I had to take a break from blogging and social media just to reset myself. I realized how much time I waste focusing on mindless things!
    “When I get to the end of my life, I would hate it if God showed me how much I missed out on because I was too distracted.” – This really stood out to me because I can only imagine the hours I’ve wasted playing games on my phone or scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest. I want to spend my time with God and making memories with my family.
    This post really convicted me today and I thank you for opening my eyes to what’s really important!

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    • Aw, Michelle! Your comment really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing that. For me, changing takes time and dedication. The things we spend our time on can be addicting. We don’t even realize we are checking our phone half the time. So we have to remind ourselves daily of this. I pray we both can continue to make better choices, as we lay down the things that are not important, and reach for God and quality time with our families. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you, my friend! ❤️

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