Anybody get distracted easily? Raise your hand. Everyone? Of course.
This is 5 minutes in my brain: Oh I’ll just sit down and read my book for a few minutes.….oh look, dishes….. the dog wants to play….oh look something interesting on the internet….someone texted me a funny picture…..oh my book…..I’m thirsty…..
It’s amazing how quickly I can get things done when I focus and pay attention. When I have my goal in mind I can get things accomplished. When I don’t pay attention…I miss the point. This is true with kids in activities. If you’ve ever been around little kids trying to do anything collectively, it’s much like herding cats. We have had 3 years of dance, 3 years of soccer a year and a half of hockey, some swimming lessons and a couple guitar lessons between the kids and I know this to be universally true: if you pay attention, you will learn. Every teacher or coach ALWAYS has to say: “pay attention” Whether it’s soccer, tap or guitar…..if you don’t pay attention, you miss the lesson.
Our world is full of distractions and diversions, and a metric ton of other things that we can allow to consume our minds. We do not have cable, but somehow have access to hundreds of thousands of tv shows or movies. There is the internet, a vast chasm of information and “15 pictures that prove aliens are real” types of articles. There are work demands, home demands, relationship demands that are all fighting for our attention. Who gets it? With limited time in the day, where do we focus our attention?
God is always working. He is working in my heart and I know he is working in the hearts of many of those around me. I strongly believe He is at work in our community. Our home group is doing a video study of living our faith on the “frontlines” of our lives – at home, work, in our families, etc. I have been praying for an opportunity to build relationships with those around me and to just be an encouragement them. And guess what….I got a Facebook message from a friend I haven’t seen in awhile asking us to get together because “they need some encouragement”.
Despite my tendency to be distracted, I’m trying (and I hope you will, too) to pay attention. God is at work and wants us to join Him in that work, if we just keep our head up, eyes on the goal and pay attention.