Living life without focus and commitment is like trying to fly without wings. If your purpose is sure and your direction is certain, then you can dictate distractions. The scripture says, “….and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction” (1 Corinthians 7:35, KJV). Progress is greatly hindered by the things or people that surround us. How do we then handle distractions to avert its debilitating impact upon our goals, vision or purpose? Let’s explore the possible strategies and attitude that could help ameliorate this obstacle.
Distraction is a mental disturbance or confusion that causes a person to lose their focus. A disturbing and diverting object or cause that work against a well-meaning plan, Apostle Peter began to sink as he walked up to Jesus when his focus was diverted to the boisterous wind and waves. It’s important to maintain a steadfast focus on our direction. In order to accomplish our goal, you’ll notice that when you’re mentally focused, there’s a free flow of energy that is supplied for the desired purpose. You should create a mental image or picture of what you’re trying to accomplish such that it occupies a permanent place in your psyche.
The bible says, “And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62, KJV). When you allow distraction to overtake you, your goals and plans are in danger of not being accomplished. When you look back, you’re missing the immediate possibility that’s ahead of you.
As a Christian, once you set your heart in a righteous, purposeful direction, beware of distractions in your course of action. Distraction, I presume is one of the devils most subtle weapons against believers. At times the things that cause the distraction may not necessarily be evil, therefore deception sets in. A lot of people are easily distracted by things, circumstances and people in their lives and can never seem to stay on course on a definite goal or direction.
Beware of ‘the Lord told me group’ who swap churches like clothes and never seem to be committed to any place of leadership. See Jude 10:19. I have seen fine young men and women in over thirty-five years in ministry whose love for the Lord was so strong, but suddenly loses steam. Many times its distraction in and out of the church which they didn’t consider the consequences.
Are you living your life by the principles of the scriptures or by the whims and opinions of people? What’s most important to you, obeying God or pleasing people? It’s better from all I’ve read in the scriptures and observe in life’s situations to please God. I rather please God as Apostle Peter said than let distraction sway me because of the opinion of people.
It really pays to be careful because there are many who were filled with the love of God, who have become bitter, sad and spiritually sour because of distractions.
Sudden distraction has caused accidents, for example such as trying to pick up cellular phones, a cigarette or reaching out for a lunch pack or many such things in a car. Many have died by these distractions. Spiritually many people die on regular basis because distractions in the church that is self-willed and flaunted by disobedience.
The bible says, “…And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” (Hebrew 12:13, KJV). We’re not called to help Satan out as some are, See 1 Timothy 5:12-13.
• We must stay on course
• Be faithful to the call of Jesus Christ in our lives.
• Love the family of God and be an instrument of blessing instead of distraction.
• Never abuse our liberty in Christ
Distraction will lose its impact if we take heed of the above strategies and remain diligent and committed to the purpose of Christ.