The Danger of Distraction


1. a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.
synonyms: diversion, interruption, disturbance, interference, hindrance

I once heard the statement; “To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.” We don’t all have the same purpose. We don’t all have the same abilities; but we do all get to decide what purpose we will use our abilities for.

We have three big decisions. Who are we going to live our lives with? What are we going to live our lives in? And what are we going to live our lives for? Many people live their lives with no thought of any of these questions.  These questions must be considered when we’re setting our goals.

Success is defined as a progressive realization of a worthwhile predetermined goal. If we never set a goal we may never be distracted but we will not be successful either.

In 2008 my goal became to live my life in Christ. I soon realized I could not live a Christian life with some of the people that were in my life. I’m not talking about friends and family who I see now and again. I’m talking about the closest people to me. The people who I’m to do life with have to have similar goals. Secondly, I realized that I cannot live the Christian life God has planned for me in constant turmoil. My lifestyle had to change . The last question, what are we going to live our life for? The answer to this question has completely changed for me. I spent many years living my life for money. I worked hard, had fun cars, big houses, and full closets. But now…I live my life for Christ. My life purpose is to fulfill Kingdom purposes. To go out and make disciples of all the nations. To have Jesus say “well done my good and faithful one.”

I refuse to get distracted by others disapproval. I refuse to get distracted by lies heaped up by others or by blame. I would not dare give up because someone said I should. I believe the very worst things in life are things that we start and never finish.

II Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

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