I’ve been pondering distractions lately. Watching people in stores, restaurants and at the pool or in cars and noticing how distractions divide our attention. Often the people we are with become second when we are distracted.
Statistics show traffic accidents on the rise as well as accidental deaths and injuries all due to a “lack of focus”. My friend posted a sign they posted in the work place about personal cell phone usage because her employees were more focused on their phones than their customers. In several instances employees playing a game on company time actually suffered accidental injuries in the workplace while they were rushing to capture a fictional creature.
My friend Beth was the victim of serious car accident due to a distracted driver who was texting. Both legs and pelvis were broken and she spent days in the hospital and months recovering all because the other driver was distracted.
When parents are distracted often the kids pay the price for it. I know how quickly a child can scamper when we are distracted by something. As a young mom I thought the kids worked as a team. One would distract me so the other could climb on the table or out the door.
Distractions cause our communication to suffer. Trying to chat with my husband while he’s watching Golf, is never productive. Striking up a conversation with me, when I’m proofreading or writing is also bound to result in frustration for both of us.
Many of our distractions are manmade and the result of choices we make. We choose to fill our boredom or our gaps with a distraction instead of allowing solitude or silence or focusing on what’s in front of us. A man who makes his living in the tech industry and Google gaming sees the danger in distractions.
“I’d argue that what’s happening is that we’re becoming like the mal-formed weight lifter who trains only their upper body and has tiny little legs. We’re radically over-developing the parts of quick thinking, distractible brain and letting the long-form-thinking, creative, contemplative, solitude-seeking, thought-consolidating pieces of our brain atrophy by not using them. And, to me, that’s both sad and dangerous.” -Joe Kraus Partner at Google Ventures.
One of the scary things about this quote is that it was mentioned in a speech he gave in 2012. Four years ago. Also frightening was his take on “solitude-seeking, thought consolidating pieces of our brains”.
Where do we find God? What does the Bible say about seeking alone and quiet time with God?
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)
I believe distractions are not only costing our personal relationships but also our heavenly ones. Our Connection to the Creator is causing a shift in our spiritual lives as well. It is more about the culture shaping us than us shaping the culture.
Are we missing messages and missions God has for us because we are too distracted to connect with him?
POINT TO PONDER: What can you do today that can help you to increase your quiet time with God and make it distraction free?
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