In the middle of my morning devotional time my phone dinged with a incoming text message. Several minutes later I looked up from my phone, not even sure what or where I had been reading before I received that text. Distraction.
I'm a notorious multi-tasker. Because of this, I have been known to do silly things like leave a cup of cold coffee in the cupboard where I keep my vitamins. I was drinking coffee while doing my morning kitchen clean up when I remembered to take my vitamins...and, well, you know the rest. Distraction.
Being a pastor's wife for over thirty years, I know that at any given time there is always someone experiencing some sort of life crisis or spiritual problem in our church. Sometimes, instead of bearing other's burdens to the Lord in prayer and trusting Him, I let concern and even anxiety preoccupy my thoughts as I think of ways to help or to try to fix the situation. Distraction.
Distraction is defined as something that prevents us from giving our full attention to something else. My phone keeps me from giving my full attention to my Bible reading and prayer time. My tendency to multi-task keeps me from focusing and giving my full attention to one task at a time. The needs of an individual in crisis in our church can distract me from the big picture of what God has for our church as a whole and from trusting God and letting Him work things out instead of letting myself become distracted with anxiety. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, January 8th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)
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