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Distractions are more of a problem than you may think. Each of us has things that distract us. The question is, what are we going to do about it? I have found ways to stay on track by avoiding certain situations. I have also noticed specific ways of remembering things, such as putting something right in front of the door at home or work when you know you will need it. Another good practice to start can be to do certain things at a particular time, such as reading your emails and social media, being disciplined to stick with your new good habit, and working on getting rid of bad habits at the same time. It would help if you planned to get ahead. If you set your priorities up ahead of time, you will be much more likely to get what you need to do with your preferences, including setting boundaries. When we allow distractions to hijack us, we get off track and become victims of distractions. Analyze what causes you the most distractions, and then cut it off at the pass. Do not be quick to volunteer or say yes to others unless the Lord prompts you to help. Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no because anything outside of that is from the devil. This can be done gently and kindly by telling others that you will help them, but not now. You might also want to carry a notebook in your pocket with a pen and write quick notes to yourself, so you do not forget and break your word to others. Below you will see seven ways Kris Reece describes how we allow different types of distractions to get us off course and even further away from God ~ Bill Greguska.
Proverbs 20:4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
Few things can prevent you from fulfilling your purpose more than comparing your journey with someone else’s. Instead of worrying about where everyone else is, stay in your lane and keep moving forward. God has created you with a unique temperament, passions, and giftings (Psalm 139:13)—discover what they are, place them before God, and ask Him how He might intend for them to guide your way.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. … Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13)
Nothing will keep you focused and on task better than a deadline. Many miss out on living the life they were created for by thinking they don’t have enough time to start it. If I had a nickel for every time someone assumed that they were disqualified because of their age, I’d be rich. God’s plan and purpose will always come to pass, regardless of your age. The only thing He needs from you is willingness.
Many feel they have plenty of time to figure out their lives, leading them to procrastinate on the flip side. We don’t know the number of our days on this earth. Tomorrow is never promised (James 4:13-14). Regardless of how you struggle with time, mentalities prevent you from staying focused and fulfilling your purpose.
“Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14)
Unforgiveness is like cancer. It eats away at you until even the healthy parts are contaminated. It pulls you in with its desire for vengeance and prevents your life from moving forward. Whatever it was that hurt you, let go of the offense. You’ll free yourself from the weight—God can pay back more abundantly than you ever could.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
4. People Pleasing
There is no way to move forward in all that God created you to be if you are busy trying to please others. Most people pleasers can’t bear to have someone unhappy with them. Don’t miss hearing the beautiful words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” by getting caught up in trying to please people who will likely never be satisfied anyway.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
5. Toxic Thinking
When negative thinking is left unchecked, it spirals out of control and becomes toxic. You begin to believe the thoughts and feelings that keep you in fear. The solution isn’t just positive thinking but rather challenging the truth of the negative ones. The enemy’s number one target is the believer’s mind; therefore, knowing God’s truth is vital to combat the lies that bounce around in your head.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Are you the type who must have everything go your way? I was delighted to have everything figured out, but I didn’t handle it well when my plans were foiled. I learned that control is a trust issue. Often, our attempt at control indicates that we don’t trust God’s sovereignty. However, when we realize that only He truly knows what’s best for us and His love is so outrageous, we can start to lay down our controlling nature and submit to His perfect will.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
7. Lack of Fairness
From our earliest years, we were taught to treat others with fairness. But God doesn’t say that everything in our life will be fair. Romans 9:15 reads, “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’” God is just, but His favor isn’t always fair. Jesus reminds us, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Don’t lose focus and miss out on living a life of purpose because of these distractions. I encourage you to start today to address your distractions and set out to overcome them, and I promise it will be worth the investment.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Kris Reece holds a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Theology. She is a Christian Life Coach, Personal Development Coach, counselor, author of three books, and a contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
In 2007, my pastor Ron Sauer and his wife Sue encouraged me to encourage others, knowing that I was struggling in my own life. They were wise to know that if I reached out to help other people with their problems, my problems would be put into a better perspective. Yes, and it did help! Please read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. If you do not have a relationship with God by chance, I encourage you to get to know Him. I hope you find the encouragement you need on our website, no matter your situation. ~ Bill Greguska