Remove the Distractions
It can be difficult to stay focused when there are so many distractions constantly competing for your attention. If you’re not checking yourself on a regular basis, it would be easy to lose hours, days, and even years of reaching your goals and aspirations. Technology especially makes this difficult with perpetual access to the world available at your fingertips. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent way longer than anticipated on social media alone. I enjoy looking at pictures of friends and family so much that I can simply lose track of time! And there have been countless times even in those moments when a pop-up advertisement for a product I had previously searched for has randomly appeared as I’m perusing through the latest posts. Is this sounding familiar to you? I’m sure I’m not the only one. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with occasional downtime, but if you allow too many distractions to steal your hours, you can delay the fulfillment God wants you to experience.
No Time to Waste
There are many things we can get back, but time is not one of them. Wasted time is lost time and life is too short to regret what we should’ve (but didn’t) do. We are living in an exciting season; one that I feel God is doing amazing things in, but He needs willing and committed people to be His hands and feet. There are battles to be won. There are goals and dreams God has placed in your heart for you to accomplish. As you remain in tune with Him, God will bring you up to a new level of victory and open up new doors of opportunity! Don’t let distractions get in the way of that. In and of themselves, innocent distractions aren’t evil, but the enemy can certainly use them to keep you defeated or unaccomplished.
God needs for His people to be on alert and prepared. The story of Gideon clearly illustrates this. Upon instruction from the Lord to get an army, Gideon gathered 32,000 fighting men. God then instructed Gideon: ‘Tell all the men who are afraid to go back home.’ As a result, that number was significantly reduced to 10,000 men. Did I mention that these men were to fight against 135,000 soldiers? Yet God tested them further when He told Gideon to have the men drink at a stream and send home all the ones with their face down to the water to drink. This left Gideon with an army of only 300 men, of which God gave complete victory to! God was more concerned with quality than quantity. He chose people who were willing to accomplish the task in spite of their fears. And ultimately, He chose only those who never looked down while they were drinking water; those who remained fully prepared and focused on the mission.
God wants to give you the victory as well! He has already promised to “give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). You can therefore be confident that He will help you stay the course, and will be faithful to complete the good work He has started in you (Philippians 1:6). You can count on Him to help you deal with all of life’s demands. The question is, can He count on you to remove all of life’s distractions?
MOVE. MEASURE. MARCH.