Jay's eDevotionals  

Jul 24

The Danger of Distractions

“Keep your eyes FOCUSED on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith.”  (Hebrews 12:2)

Katie Luong rushed to work last Wednesday. Her mind battled with distractions. One of her employees recently took his life by hanging himself. Another treasured mentor suffered a stroke and languished in the hospital. Katie pondered tough issues at work. She mentally was planning her daughter’s first birthday party. Suddenly, Katie’s distracted mind became focused because of a phone call from her babysitter. The childcare provider wondered if 11-month old Gabriella was sick and consequently unable to come to daycare. The phone call jolted Katie into complete focus and remembering that her daughter was still strapped in a car seat in the back of her Lexus SUV. She dashed to the car only to discover that the heat in the automobile had suffocated her precious little girl.

Now, Katie and her family are no longer planning a birthday party but a funeral for Gabriella because of the dangers of distractions.

We all know about the dangers of distracted driving. Some estimate that last year distracted drivers, who were using their cell phones in some way, contributed to the death of more than 15,000 people.

Everyone battles distractions. The cure for distraction is FOCUS. I have a vivid memory of playing little league baseball and hearing the coach admonish the players to, “Keep your eye on the ball!” During one game, I was playing left field and was distracted by some activity in the bleachers. I heard the crack of the bat. I tried to find the ball as it flew my way. I looked up just in time for the old horse-hide to smack me in the forehead. It hit me so hard that it knocked me flat on my back and left the imprint of the baseball seams between my unfocused eyes!

In virtually every arena, from parenting and driving to athletics and work endeavors, the cure for distraction is FOCUS. Jesus warned His followers that we are susceptible to the distractions of “life’s worries, riches, and pleasures.” (Luke 8:14) God calls His children to keep their eyes on His prize as we FOCUS our spiritual attention on consistently following the Jesus way of love, purity and serving. If you intentionally FOCUS on Jesus, the distractions will evaporate, and your spiritual productivity will elevate and accelerate!

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