Distraction is the diversion of attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by one of the following: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; greater interest in something other than the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” – Luke 10:40
When was the last time you were distracted from something important and what was the distraction? For me when I need time to write, study or read I need to do so in another room other than where the TV is located. Why? It’s so easy for me to get distracted from what I need to get done with a simple click of the remote, especially during football season. I’ve also learned that social media can be a big distraction. Depending on what work or writing needs to get done I simply cannot concentrate if I have something running in the background.
Excuse me, I just got a text…uh, where was I? Oh yeah, distractions.
But while many things can distract us from achieving our daily tasks, our daily tasks can distract us from spending any time WITH Jesus.
In Luke 10 Martha is so busy doing things FOR Jesus it distracts her from spending time WITH Jesus. So what about you? Do you find yourself so busy doing things for Jesus you’re distracted from spending time with Him? And what are some of those distractions? Do you find yourself so involved with youth and church events, camps, retreats, small group, and service projects within your community? All these things are good and should be a part of our lives as believers, but they should not get in the way or distract us from spending quality time with Jesus one-on-one giving Him the opportunity to expose us to who He is in our lives.
Hiking for me is a good and healthy distraction. It gets me away from the meaningless things that distract and connects me with what truly matters. I prefer to be distracted by mountain views and vistas, lakes and wildlife. So what distracts you from spending time with Jesus and with the things that really matter?