Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?
Because of advances in technology, we have become (and have raised) a generation that is too easily distracted. We can’t have dinner with friends or family without checking text messages. We can’t sit through a movie without also browsing Facebook (lest our fourth cousin twice removed that we haven’t seen in twenty years posts pictures of a meal that we might miss). Even students cannot sit through a class without playing with something as goofy as a fidget spinner. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with texting people or being on Facebook (fidget spinners, though…?), but when it takes us away from paying full attention to w
hat lies before us, it can become a problem. We can become so addicted to distractions that in the midst of everyday life, we forget to truly live.
Christian missionary and martyr, Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there.” Solomon says it in Ecclesiastes like this, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” In each moment, we need to be in the moment. The culmination of how we spend our time becomes the realization of how we will have lived our lives. I don’t know about you, but I hope to one day stand before God and hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” not, “Well, how long did you manage to get that fidget spinner to spin?”
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The enemy comes only to steal, kill, and to destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Distractions become a tactic of the enemy to steal your time and destroy your future. By distracting us with often times meaningless tasks, the devil prevents us from the purpose for which we were created which is to worship God and spread the gospel. Acts 20:24 says, “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Living the abundant life that Christ came to give us is a life spent in service to others and a life spent bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jim Elliot knew what it really meant to live life as he stated, “to be all there”. He was murdered in the jungles of Ecuador where he’d gone to share the good news. His widow and their infant daughter returned to the tribe that had killed him shortly after his death. Upon seeing her resolve, the tribe understood the message she was bringing to them was one of importance. Because of Jim’s life and death and Elisabeth’s faithfulness to God’s call, many of the tribe accepted Jesus as their Savior. Jim Elliot also said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Are you living a life filled with distractions? It happens to the best of us. The secret is to find a balance instead of becoming so caught up in the little things that you forget to really live.
Have a blessed week, y’all.