Distraction

22 Oct

This post was inspired by my spiritual sister.  She sent out a tweet to ask people a question that would help her write her sermon for Sunday.  She inspires me to write about my faith. 🙂

I am blessed because I work in an environment that values google searches, Twitter, Facebook pages and all sorts of media, traditional or otherwise.  So there is no moratorium on the use of Twitter or the use of the internet to do searches.  We’re allowed to check our personal emails as long as, of course, it is done within reason.

The trouble, sometimes, with all this freedom is that you forget what your limitations are.  You forget that sometimes you’re meant to be looking for something work-related on Twitter  and not at your friends’ status updates.  Or that you go on Facebook to update a client’s page, and not check your own status update comments.  Or that you check your personal email for an email from an application you’re trying out and you end up reading an email from a family member.  The lines do get a bit blurry sometimes.

The wonderful world wide web, such as it is, with all its information can prove to be quite the distraction.  Being “online” all the time is one of this generation’s biggest distractions.  Technology does have a way of keeping you  tap-tapping all the time in front of the computer and letting life pass you by.  I find that most times, when I want to look through bible study notes on specific topics and I punch out a search on Google, I get distracted by what the other search results are.  There are times when I find myself reading something completely different from what I originally planned.  It’s only too easy to lose oneself in the maze of the big triples Ws.

Keeping myself focused on work with the temptation of unlimited access to the internet at work isn’t really difficult because there are too many things to do at work, too many things to tick off the to-do list.  But there are times when you lose focus ever so slightly.  It’s the same thing when it comes to one’s walk in faith.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day concerns, to forget to read the bible, to forget to pray in the morning when you’re running late and need to get ready.

It’s sometimes difficult to do what Proverbs 4:25-27 says, to “[L]et your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”  Sometimes without meaning to, I find myself on one of those side roads that I’m meant to to avoid.  It is worrying for me that I am not always sure-footed in this journey of faith.  I fall by the wayside, or take steps back instead of forward, or I take a side street or I stop at a pit stop a little longer than what’s on God’s itinerary for my walk.

The lovely bit about all this is, God knows that we can be distracted, even with the strongest of our resolves.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  He KNOWS this about us, so he will equip us to cope with the distractions.  He won’t put us in situations that we cannot get through without His help.  He uses all the situations where we don’t follow the map to make us more sure-footed in the future.  He makes sure that all the experiences we have strengthen our faith in Him.

God gave us the tools so that we can navigate through life His way.  He gave us prayer and he gave us the bible.  I find this passage from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 very comforting about the Bible (it’s probably why I’ve always felt the need to have an actual bible in the house, and not just in my Kindle!):  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  You know that old Sunday School song about reading the bible and praying everyday so we grow?  It rings the truth loud and clear.  He has provided us with the best road map and the best mode of communication.  He has also provided us with a keen sense of direction, of knowing when we are straying from the prescribed path.  We only have to listen to the alarm bells, no matter how faint the sound is.  When we get lost, we can easily find out way back because He made it possible for us to do so!  All we have to do is call on Him and read his directions.

How awesome is that?

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