Distraction Demolition

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]W[/mk_dropcaps]hat is one characteristic that seems to be universal in our generation?  Among the many options, in my opinion the most outstanding one is BUSYNESS. When defined, “busy” means to be “otherwise engaged, full of or characterized by activity, not at leisure, actively engaged in work or a pastime.”  Without even realizing it, being busy can take you down a road you did not intend to go down.  Action is important.

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align=”center”]In James 2:26 it states, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”[/mk_blockquote]

Faith alone, without appropriate application, will die.  It is worthy of asking then, do our actions align with our faith? It is less a question of if we know what we should do or not, but rather seizing the opportunity to do the things that are in alignment with our faith.  Most people will abdicate their responsibility to act in accordance with their faith.  To put actions where your mouth is requires full commitment to the moment you are in.

In order to be present with our family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, we have to strip away the busyness that blinds us to opportunities to put our action where our faith is.  These opportunities require us to disengage from extraneous tasks and develop what matters most: loving relationships.  I have talked about setting priorities in our hearts and the importance of putting people above task in Availability and it holds true here, as well.  In order to demolish the distractions of life today, we must ask ourselves this question, “What do I prioritize?”  Is it email or the constant notifications on our phone?  Is it Facebook or Instagram?  Or do you prioritize a sensitivity in your heart to lean into His still small voice and be obedient to that voice above all others?

I challenge myself with this question just as much if not more so than I challenge you. The tendency I have is to wrap my value and significance in the ability to accomplish a to-do list and perform.  But what is all that work for when you boil it down?  Often, our hearts’ tendency is to feel more significant and valued when we’re wrapped up in the ‘doing’.  Busyness is taking actions and instead of having them in alignment with our faith put them in alignment with a desire for praise. Comparing busyness to faithful action is like comparing monopoly money to real money. Busyness is a mere symbol or placeholder, an essentially worthless representation of the real thing, faith filled action brings priorities into view and we can pinpoint who and what situations actually do require us.  To demolish distractions and cut out busyness means going to the root of our motivations.  What is our faith anchored to?  Is it the task itself which produces motion without meaning?  Or is it anchored to our hope in the Lord?

As you step into a season of celebrating the accomplishments of this last year,  spending time with those you love,  then taking the time to reflect on the pain and the failures for the purpose of learning.  It is a choice to see this season as an opportunity to dig in and find where your priorities stand.

Jesus cleared up any confusion on what the most central priorities should be:

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)[/mk_blockquote]

God’s standard for priorities is simple.  The busyness becomes distraction. Not all busyness is bad, but living successfully in the present means we must learn to prioritize and focus our time and efforts.We must demolish the distractions that have a motive to elevate ourselves above others or the will of God in our lives.  Not everything that comes to our attention requires our focus.  Not every focus requires immediate action.  The things that seem urgent and scream for attention are not your master.  We have been given authority to rule our own lives.  Jesus is there to partner with us in the journey. With

God’s standard for priorities is simple.  The busyness becomes distraction. Not all busyness is bad, but living successfully in the present means we must learn to prioritize and focus our time and efforts.We must demolish the distractions that have a motive to elevate ourselves above others or the will of God in our lives.  Not everything that comes to our attention requires our focus.  Not every focus requires immediate action.  The things that seem urgent and scream for attention are not your master.  We have been given authority to rule our own lives.  Jesus is there to partner with us in the journey.

Perfecting the art of distraction demolition is simple.  The solution lies within these questions: Are you spending time in the presence of God?  Are you reading the bible?  Are you praying?  

Make the time today to sit with God. Shifting your eyes to Jesus is the only way to align your time, your focus and your priorities. A beautiful byproduct will be your capacity to be present in the moment.

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