If not for the images of a 350-pound defensive lineman, barking out things about my “momma,” whose face has been distorted by rage with buckets of saliva pouring out the sides of his gums—I probably would’ve played football in high school (please underline the word “probably”).
Don’t get me wrong, I love football … I just have strong, lasting relationships with all of my limbs, and I wouldn’t like to see those relationships broken. If not for our partly insane cheerleaders yelling out, “If you think you’re bet-a awwhh what-eva,” every other possession, I might have been more productive on our school’s basketball team.
If not for the Internet and a plethora of information at my fingertips, I’m sure I would be more fruitful and flourish at my place of employment. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with cheerleaders or the Internet … I just want to find the answer to the question: Why do I let distractions infiltrate my mind?
I often think of the verse in Matthew 15 that says, “These people honor me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me.”
Am I too distracted or busy to concentrate on Jesus? Do I focus on offering up my sincerest praise in worship or am I thinking about football games and cheerleaders? Do I concentrate on entering into the presence of God at church or do I let my mind stroll on things of this world?
Paul said, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Where is our heart when we are in the presence of God? If only we could be as unwavering as Mary, a prostitute who was content with sitting at the feet of Jesus. If only we could be like the woman with an issue of blood … she desired one thing: to touch the heart of Jesus. Instead, we are like Martha. We allow our attention to be continually diverted by unsolicited distraction.
Ask God to empower you to bring every thought into captivity and to give you the strength to divert your awareness to Him. Take advice from the author of Hebrews who said, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
“Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” The question is: “Can I be trusted to keep my promise?”
Psalm 86: 11-13
Romans 12: 1-2
Psalm 91[If Dr Pepper were a woman, Bo Lane would’ve married her. Besides being a youth pastor and wannabe writer, he also maintains his ever-growing website www.boandmelissa.com. Send him a word.]