As Christians trying to live a life focused on God, the number of distractions that surround us everyday are daunting. Personally, I find myself often distracted by electronics. Between a laptop, smartphone, tablet, and TV, it can be hard to remember what’s important.
I don’t know what people were distracted by before the rise of the internet and the personal computer, but I do know that distractions have always been there, and always will be. Sometimes we wonder what the big deal is. What does it matter if we play one more level of Candy Crush Saga or stay on the computer for another hour? The “big deal” appears when that “one more level” and “one more level” turn into another and another. It doesn’t take long for the time to disappear.
Distractions seem harmless, but they can grow dangerous, threatening our spiritual life, our family life, our friendships, and much more.
You know those billboards that say “Don’t Text and Drive”? It’s a serious thing; people die because of the seemingly harmless distraction of texting while driving. Distractions while driving are a big deal, for you and those around you. Shouldn’t we consider distractions in life to be just as dangerous?
Also, distractions may not visibly harm you. Your relationships and such may not suffer, but what about your time? We only have so much of it; shouldn’t we be using it wisely?
I’m not saying it’s wrong to play games or just relax and do nothing. And I’m not saying I’ve got everything right–I know I waste a lot of my time. But I want to present a challenge, to both you and me: The things that distract you, are they worth it? Could you be doing something better with your time? Are the distractions in your life hurting your relationship with God and with other people? Think about it.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
It happens in a blink
It happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?
Slow down, slow down
Before today becomes our yesterday
Slow down, slow down
Before you turn around and it’s too late
–Blink by Revive