What is a distraction? A thing that prevents someone from concentration on something else, extreme agitation of mind. (Oxford Dictionaries). We will learn in this outline how to avoid distractions.
The environment we live in and our daily activities demand a lot of attention and it is now becoming very hard to manage our time because of the pressure from family, social interaction and the pursuit of life goals and aspiring to become what the society defines as success.
It is not wrong to be ambitious and aspiring to be great in life. God wants His children to be the best in all that we do both in our secular work and every other area of our lives.
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, even as your soul prospers…
Hebrew 12:2 says: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, Who for the Joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God…”
It is not possible to be looking at two directions at the same time. When we look up to the sky it becomes very hard to look down at the same time, any attempt to look up and down at the same time will lead to frustration and confusion and doublemindedness.
What Should I do to Avoid Distractions?
- Learning the lifestyle of Jesus Christ. He was both man and God, yet He went to the wedding and ate with sinners. John 1:1-10, Luke 5:27-32. Jesus knew why He came to this world and He focussed on it – we need to focus on God.
- Shut your spiritual eyes and ears to the noise of men and opinions especially if it doesn’t match the word of promise – 2 kings 2:3.
- Determination is a signal that you know what you want in life. Elijah told Elisha to stay here. Elisha refused. 2 Kings 2:1-8.
- Get connected to a good Christian and trusted mentor and learn from them as much as you can for your Future Journey – 1 King 19:1-21.
- Write down your vision and make it plain on the tablet. What you write down and see every day automatically shapes your way of thinking and reminds you of where you are going – Habakkuk 2:2.
- Learn to prioritise your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly plans both physical and Spiritual. John 11:1-16, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Abandon time-wasting activities.
- Always take note of what you are watching, seeing and listening to on a daily basis and feed your spirit man and your mind with reading good books and associating with people of vision – Matthew 14:28-30.
Everybody is prone to distractions these days because we live in an age of information overload.
We get both useful and not so useful information downloaded to us daily but we have a choice to watch our eyes and ears from getting contaminated. With the help of the Holy Spirit and prayer, we can overcome every activity that the enemy is introducing into our lives in order to distract us.
Remember when Peter walked on water, as long as He kept His eyes on Jesus, He was able to do the miraculous but when He took His eyes off Jesus Christ, He began to sink.
When we feel we are sinking, it is a sign that we may have taken our eyes off our saviour.