Looking around the Atlanta area, it is not hard to find someone talking on a cell phone while driving and holding up a line of cars in the process. Frequent scenarios like this are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to inviting distraction.
Driving a vehicle should be a driver’s main focus. Holding and talking on a cell phone are distractions. The distractive elements make the driver oblivious to what is actually going on around them. Statistics show that distracted drivers who operate cell phones are four times as likely to be involved in a crash with serious injury.
The world around us has become so distracting; we are all in danger of a spiritual crash. We exchange our spiritual focal point with God with a self-focal point. Many times, we ourselves are the biggest attraction in the distraction circus of life, because we focus on our personal desires and starve our spirit. Intentional or not, the tunnel vision of self is deviating us from our divine purpose. When we allow distractions, we are inadvertently giving permission for divine opportunities to slip away.
Pleasant diversion distractions, such as games and entertainment, are self-inflicted because they provide an escape from reality and responsibility. Before long, we are distressed and tormented by overwhelming tasks, obligations, and commitments. In Luke 10:36, Martha was anxious about “all of the preparations” that needed to be done while hosting company. Jesus could not even tell her sister, Mary, to help her because Martha was truly missing out on making Jesus a focal point. She was focused on what she wanted done. Distractions are bound to come, but using wisdom in distraction management will make all the difference in our spiritual life and will positively impact the people around us.
We have an opportunity to make God a focal point if we just say no to the R.S.V.P. of distraction. When we allow God to drive us, we will peacefully ride on the path he has prepared for us today.