Distractions are subtractions that take away your sense of purpose.

If you never click the delete icon in your mind, you’ll live distracted all the time. Distraction isn’t a disorder. It’s the lack of rigorous self-control. Look not at what isn’t good to see. Click not where going isn’t good for you.

Distractions are like the sea. They keep seeding their waves and clamoring for your attention. They are an attack on your sovereignty over your own mind. Distractions are subtractions because they take away your sense of purpose.

Learn to manage and control your attention instead of constantly letting it be snatched away. Dispute with distractions. Refute them. Mute them. Scoot them aside. Refuse to toot their horn. Don’t let distractions loot you.

When attention is hijacked by distractions, self-control goes out the door. The more I miss out on distractions, the more I can enjoy what matters most to me. Your mind will stay distracted until you give it something to passionately focus on. Without commitment to a compelling purpose, distraction will fill your life.

Too many people let distractions decide their destiny. When you give your attention to distractions, you give away your self-control. If you don’t have the freedom to control your attention and to choose your focus, you’re not free at all. Strong distracting desires, instead of identifying people, keep humans from knowing who they really are.

Causes me
Not to clearly see
How God
Wants me to be.
It distracts me
From selfless
Acts of love
And the one thing
That matters most,
When I’m complaining,
Worried and upset
I fail to see that
I’m not maintaining
My attention on Jesus.

When you let
A distraction
Gain traction
In your mind,
It will run
All over you.

Jesus is the way.
To stay
Distracted from the way
Is to be lost.

A diversion
Is a fancy version
Of a distraction.

Distracted Christians focus on many things but overlook the one thing that is necessary, keeping their mind and heart set on Jesus. Distractions quench the Holy Spirit. Stay focused on Jesus. In order to “seek first the kingdom of God,” we must leave distractions behind.

The key to overcoming spiritual attention deficit disorder is to perpetually reset your attention on Jesus. When the risen Jesus becomes the consuming, ongoing attraction in your life, distraction is no longer an issue.

Christ in you wants to mold you, moment-by-moment, into His likeness. He’s not wanting you to settle into a routine religious mold. Passionless Christianity has lost sight of the incomprehensible depth of our sin and our desperate need for a Savior.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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