Distracted for all the right (or wrong) reasons

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” – Proverbs 4:25

Distractions come in the most inconspicuous of ways. Sometimes I think they can be an okay thing; today I knew that I was prone to dwell on thoughts that would end up harming my mind, so I sought to distract it and stay busy with “distractions” to avoid giving myself the mind space to think negatively. I read a magazine, took a nap, watched TV – it is a good thing to give your mind a break from the constant worries of life at times.

Now if we live this way and our life is one big pursuit of something to distract us from the real responsibilities that we are to uphold, clearly that’s an unhealthy diversion. Yet it happens all around us.

The point I’m attempting to make is that simple, temporary distractions can be a gift to give our minds and hearts respite from the grind of daily life – if used with precaution. But these forms of rest are only a rest stop where we might fuel up and re-energize to keep pursuing something else with heightened focus. Today I had my rest. But this week I will continue to fix my attention on my main focus – Jesus.

I pray that I will be wise and cautious enough to catch the malignant distractions when they try to steal my attention away from Christ on the cross, for that is where I want my heart, mind, and soul to be fixed. I want Him to have my undivided affection this week and the days after, and in this I believe my joy will be full.

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