How to Overcome Distractions in Your Pursuit of Jesus

The phone rings. Recognizing the number, you do not hesitate to pick up and answer the call. Going in, you think it will take a maximum of 2 minutes of your time. But seconds drip into minutes and before you know it, an hour has ticked by.

You have a moment to spare as your kids are playing at the park nearby. You think you’ll quickly check-in and see what is happening on Instagram for merely a drop of time. And then, you find yourself scanning and secretly craving you could have someone else’s life.

The alarm clock buzzes and you wind-up hitting snooze a couple of dozen of times. You are so weary and tired. Another day dawns, and you step out of bed, wishing you could linger a little longer. Nothing goes right as the coffee drips on your brand new outfit. You wonder why life is so hard.

We chase after things. Some really nice things. Like people, and jobs, and cool stuff. We burn ourselves out running to keep up, wondering when will our lives slow down. We cram our calendars full with activities and commitments. Nothing seems easy to give up. When will we realize that our time on earth is short? When will we see what is truly worthwhile?

“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; or the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:15-19

Distractions come bombarding through our door, grabbing for our attention. How do you make spending time with God a consistent priority?

As real life presses in, we may find Jesus being squeezed out. The demands. The pressures. It all seems overwhelming. How can we make time for God when we have other expectations? Many of us try to manage it all, setting aside Sundays for church and religion. But if we want to truly know God, we will have to allow Him to move in, invading our private spaces.

Allowing Jesus to become your top priority isn’t always easy or comfortable. You may think He is taking up too much room, or forcing you to change your habits. The more you know God, you will see…He is jealous for you like no other. He is loyal and faithful and will never abandon you. He will love you more than you can ever love him return.

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Luke 9:23-24

The pursuit of Christ may cost us the things we hold dear, the very things we hold close to our chest. It may cost us friendships and fat wallets and extravagant vacations. There are so many little, phony gods competing for our attention. Every day we will have distractions pop up in our lives, there really is no way of escaping.

Considering God’s command to “Have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3), how can you proactively fight distractions?

We all are looking for this life to matter and have to daily fight the temptation of distraction. We invest our time in our family and friendships and build up our nice and neat reputations. It is a fight to believe in an invisible God who loves you unconditionally. God is intentional in His love towards you.

“For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:2

God loves you with an unconditional, unfathomable, committed kind of love. A love that is unimaginable. If God is willing to betroth us to His very own Son, don’t you think it is time for us to give Him our all?

We need to be intentional in our spiritual walk. We need to seek Him wholeheartedly. And here is a suggestion for where to begin…to start talking to God more regularly. Take out a few notecards and jot down your prayer requests and praises throughout your week. Set them strategically where they will serve as a reminder to you to pray. If you don’t have notecards, consider writing your requests on your daily calendar or set a reminder on your phone.

Consider placing them here:

Your bedroom mirror

A chalkboard in your kitchen

In your car to jog your memory as you wait in the car line

By the kitchen sink

 

Let’s start 2017 on the right foot. Let’s be faithful by seeking God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Let’s be women intentional about praying.

Sue Allen

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Sue A. Allen resides in Austin, Texas along with her husband and four overly active children ranging in age from four to nineteen (the youngest who was recently adopted from Haiti). Sue, along with her husband Coby, founded Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach, which provides much needed medical care and training to under served populations around the world.

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