1 Corinthians 7:35
I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
This life sure gets busy, doesn’t it? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all our obligations and get distracted from our relationship with God. If this happens to you, I assure you that you are not alone!
There are so many things that keep me distracted in my Christian walk. The most typical of these are illness, work (both inside and outside of the home), children’s needs, worrying instead of relying on Him, marital challenges, television (this is why I can’t stand TV!), social media, and just day to day requirements. But every now and then, God reminds me of how I’ve put Him lower on my priority list. Just today, my husband took the day off so we could have a night together as a family. This doesn’t happen too often since he works second shift, so I should have been thrilled! But I found myself irritable and a bit grouchy. When he asked me why, I realized it’s because I haven’t had as much of my “God-time”, as I call it, as I normally do.
I really feel it when I haven’t been focused on the Lord. It affects every aspect of my life, and trickles down to everyone else in our home. How ashamed I felt realizing I had put God at the bottom of my list, yet again. I do this a lot, friends. If I’m being honest, it happens entirely too much. God should always be my number one priority, but I often get distracted.
So, how do I get back on track? First of all, I grab my Bible! I get on the computer and write a blog, make up some pictures with scripture to share on Instagram and Facebook, and I focus on a verse that pertains to my struggle. The verse above hit home for me today. Paul was writing to the church he established in Corinth in this letter. He was saddened by the effect the trade routes were having on the city and the church, such as sexual immorality, idol worship, and a division in the church. He was urging the church to be devoted to the Lord again.
When I read this verse and truly understand where Paul was coming from, I see myself. It may not be sexual immorality that is keeping me distracted, but it certainly is sinful, whatever the nature. It is sinful because it keeps me from doing what God has asked of me, and that is always putting Him first. See Proverbs 3:6.
What can we do to keep distraction from winning in our relationship with our Father? Tools that have worked for me are using my daily planner. I’ve got this great planner from Debora M. Coty called Too Blessed to be Stressed (also, her devotional is exceptional!). I love that I can jot down my business meetings for the week, but also see scripture every time I add to the planner. Now, when I don’t have many business meetings for the week, I find I don’t look at it. So, I have started writing all my daily “to-do’s” on it so I can be sure I am in God’s word, even for a moment. Because, then, I have Him in the front of my mind and am reminded to spend more time with Him in my day.
Another tip that works is to actually schedule time with God. That may sound silly, like, “I’ll have my people call your people and we’ll do lunch,” but there is no shame in needing that set aside time to regain your focus! Another great tool is having a good friend to hold you accountable. You’ll see in many of my blogs, I really feel strongly about accountability. And that’s for good reason. (See Galatians 6:1-5, James 5:16, and 1 Thessalonians 5:11 for more detail on accountability). Accountability isn’t only having someone to correct us when we veer off the path, it’s also about having someone to build us up and help keep our focus on God. If you don’t have a friend like this, pray for one. Pray that she would be open to being your accountability partner.
Girlfriend, you are not alone in your struggle with distractions. But, God has made it clear that we are to deny these distractions their power and put our focus on Him. Show the evil one his power has no place in your life and you are dedicated to becoming and remaining a daughter of the Most High!
Love in Christ,