We made it 30 days! How does it feel? I can honestly say that sitting down to write for 30 days in a row has been a challenge yet so rewarding. I look back at where I was when I started this journey and I see how God is using each day to teach me how to trust Him more.
How little I trusted God was a surprise to me.
What has surprised you?
The Holy Spirit is faithful to use our daily lives as His training ground. In 2 Timothy 2:3-4, Paul says, “You, therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
Have you encountered some interesting situations during this journey? Have you had more distractions from doing what you know the Lord has called you to do? Many people that I talk to have experienced some major life events during this study that have derailed their plans or caused major life changes.
Some of these distractions are actually life detours and can significantly impact our lives. Distractions can steal our hope and lead us to believe that we will not have enough time or resources to ever finish our project. Distraction can also tell us that we should not be doing what we were doing anyway because these other matters are more important.
Recently, I read Deep Work by Cal Newport. In this book, Cal discusses the difference between shallow work and deep work. Many of us want to do things that require deep work such as writing books, continuing our education, starting a business, focusing on family or relationships but we lack the discipline to follow through.
We get distracted by shallow things such as social media, political banter, instant messaging, general busyness, sports, etc. I believe that this distractedness or busyness convinces us that we are actually doing good when really we are just doing a lot of small tasks that fill our day. We are staying busy in order to look productive.
Remember when Paul said to not be entangled in the affairs of this life? And they did not even have social media back then!
How does this lead to stealing hope? We put our desires and calling on the back burner believing we will not ever get around to do them.
When I get busy, I struggle to schedule a time to spend with God and that is when I need Him the most. It is so easy to get sidetracked and focus on the immediate also known as the tyranny of the urgent. It seems as if everything needs to be done ASAP. Trying to keep up is exhausting and does not allow us to do the deep work of the Lord. Meditating on scripture is deep work, worshipping is deep work and praying is deep work.
Hope is the end product of tribulations (Romans 5:1-5). When we are so busy chasing the urgent it keeps us from enduring or persevering with our deep work.
How are distractions keeping you from going deep with the Lord? How do distractions steal your hope?
Lord thank you for taking the time to lead us in your way. Thank you for never leaving us or forsaking us. Thank you for meeting us where we are. I pray that You give me the wisdom to discern distraction, give me strategies for deciding what to do now and what can wait. Show me how to focus on You and hope will return.
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
- How does distraction affect your life?
- Do you seem to have problems focusing?
- What generally gets your attention the most?
- Do you have problems spending undistracted time with the Lord?
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