Text: Matthew 6:31-33
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)
“A distraction can be defined as a thing that prevents from giving full attention to something else or an extreme agitation of the mind and emotions.”
Have there been times when you went into your closet to study or pray, and before long you caught your mind wandering about a movie you saw last night, or about a quarrel you had with someone yesterday, or about an interview you are attending the next day? Many of us may be familiar with this kind of experience, but the truth is the fact that we live in a world full of distractions, and they occur all too often. But what makes the difference is how we handle them; how we get ourselves to stay focused on important issues despite distractions.
Distraction is the greatest enemy of focus. Anytime you find yourself struggling to maintain focus, you are being distracted. Many people are distracted by the pressures of family, friends, and work. In a busy world with many things clamoring for our attention, focus helps us keep our eyes on our main goal without being distracted. Another word for focus is concentration. Just as driving requires concentration, so does our fellowship with God. When you are driving, you learn to focus by looking ahead no matter what’s going on around you. It’s normal to occasionally look to your right and to your left, and to keep an eye on your rear mirror, but ninety percent of your focus must be on your windscreen.
Why We Must Remove Distractions
One of the reasons we must guard against distraction is because distractions are time wasters. When we allow distractions derail our focus we can spend too much time on irrelevant things-things that don’t contribute in any way toward achieving the goal at hand. Secondly, distractions make us derail or miss our goal. Lastly, distractions keep us behind schedule. It takes us more than it’s necessary to finish a task.
How Do We Handle Distractions?
1. Our attitude to life can make a huge difference: If we maintain a positive attitude we wouldn’t be easily distracted by negative and distracting thoughts.
2. Praying with scriptures: Prayer in the real sense is repeating what the word says concerning us. The easiest way to activate the power of God’s word over your life and circumstance is to declare the word.
3. Be clear about your purpose : Whatever you do be clear about your ‘why’ for doing it. When you pray, pray with purpose, when you study, study with purpose, and when you serve, serve with purpose. Purpose is a powerful force that will keep you going when everything else suggest to the contrary. Without a strong sense of purpose it becomes easy for us to allow distractions, doubt, and discouragement to keep us from completing a task.
4. Fellowship with other believers: Corporate prayer and bible study can go a long way in sharpening and building us up spiritually. Besides being in the midst of other people could help us maintain focus and reduce mind-wandering.
5. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness : If we seek God above everything else, and make him the focus of our lives, many of the things distracting us would no longer be a source of worry to us.
Prayer: Father I declare that I have the mind of Christ, therefore I think positive, creative, problem-solving, and uplifting thoughts. My mind is stable and focused on you in Jesus name, amen.