Avoid Distractions

Hello, my name is Karissa, and I am easily distracted.

All: Welcome, Karissa!!!

As I browsed idly through social media from 6:00am – 9:46am, I ran across an article on Focus, based off of Song of Solomon 2:15:

Catch for us the foxes,
the little foxes
that ruin the vineyards,
our vineyards that are in bloom.

Oh, it is no coincidence that I ran across this article at that very moment. Over the past couple of years, I have sworn off social media several times, only to return months, weeks, days, and sometimes seconds later.

This “innocent” use of downtime has probably wasted what amounts to months or years of my life. Think about it… if you spend 3 hours a day on social media (which many of us easily do), you’ve spent 45 days of the year online. And what do you have to show for it? … What would you call a person who spends a month and a half of their year doing something unproductive? Hmmm.. I digress.

distract2As I thought about the many things that I’ve been putting off – reading, exercising, blogging, praying, learning Spanish , cleaning up my house, etc – my mind immediately went to the pile of books in my closet that are in various stages of completion. One of the books, Kingdom Woman, was bookmarked on page 194 of 201. 194 of 201!!! You mean to tell me that I had SEVEN pages left, and allowed myself to get distracted? Oh that tricky little fox!

It made me wonder how close I am to other things that God wants to manifest in my life. How many things are right there just waiting to be released by the Lord when He is able to trust that I will devote my undivided attention to them.

A Google search on distractions lead me to 1 Corinthians 7:35: “… I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” I backed out to the verses prior, and realized that this verse is about singleness. One of my other deep struggles. I always wonder why God keeps me single. 1 Corinthians 7:32 clearly explains, “I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried <woman> is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how <she> can please the Lord.”

Lord, let me be free from anything that distracts me from your purpose.

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