My Grace-Full Life

5.5.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: What Distracts You?

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I am a person who works best in silence.
I love the quiet.
However, I’m married to a drummer who loves to play music (whether he’s listening to it, playing along with it, or practicing with one of his bands).
Most of the time, he will take his music to another room and leave me to do what I need to do in the quiet of my office.
This morning, however, I’m breaking my routine and writing from the back porch while my husband plays music on the iPad.
And while I struggle to focus, I’m in awe of those who can listen to music while they write or read.
It is not easy for me.
But I think it’s appropriate for today’s topic.
As I prayed this morning about what to write, I realized how distracted I am.
Literally and figuratively.
But isn’t that life?
It doesn’t matter if I’m on the back porch trying to tune out the music of the 80s my husband and I both love…
Or in my usual spot where I write every morning in the living room…
I still have a running agenda and to-do list in my head.
We are surrounded by distractions.
Americans average up to five hours a day on their smartphones and tablets…
We have social media and the pressure to keep up with the Joneses.
We are working insane hours while distracted by obligations to family and friends.
It makes it easy to push God to the back burner.
However, speaking from a voice of experience, I know that putting Him first helps streamline all my other obligations and responsibilities.
In Matthew 6:33 ESV, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
It doesn’t matter what is on our plates, He has to come first.
Jesus is more important than any distraction that tries to remove our focus.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 says, “…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Focusing on Him pushes all the distractions into their rightful place—behind Him.
Today, as you pray, praise Jesus for being worthy of our focus.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your eyes on Jesus and not be tempted by the distractions of the world.

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