This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “distraction.”
Life is full of distractions.
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to focus at times. An email pings into my inbox, someone asks a question, I click on a link, which leads on to another, and then to another… and eventually I’ve forgotten what I was looking for in the first place.
Once at work, I even discovered an email that I had finished writing two hours previously, but somehow I had been unable even to click on “send” without being distracted!
Our current situation isn’t helping. Regular news reports, endless speculation about what will happen next, so many different opinions about the way ahead – it’s easy to lose our focus.
I think of Peter, stepping out of the boat and walking on the water. He was fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. When he got distracted by the storm raging around him – that was the moment he began to sink.
I think that’s a very real danger for many of us right now, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We can choose to switch off the news and silence the distractions. We can choose to place our focus on Jesus and not on the storm. Not that we should live in denial about all that is happening in the world, but that we should remember that God is greater. We should remember that this situation is temporary, but he is eternal.
It’s definitely not easy, but it is the way to peace.
Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)