When Opposition Comes At You With A Blender
Get up this morning and remembered that I had a 9 a.m. appointment with our tax preparer. I get to church to find out that my cat is sneezing its head off. Not good. 1:30 p.m. appointment with the vet (because he had surgery recently, we wanted to know if this was something related to it). Lunch is now messed up. Had to stop by CVS because I have to give the cat Benerdryal.
If hell knows anything, it's this. If it can distract you, it can stop you.
Recent studies show that it takes 25 minutes to get back on task after being interrupted. Someone calculated that interruptions could cost us 588 billion dollars a year.
What can distractions cost you?
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Let me put this another way. Pay attention at all times or become kitty food. So what can you do?
You may not be able to stop the blender, but you don't have to bow down to it. Today may have not been a great day, but don't let that become your daily mindset. Tomorrow, you'll get your focus back.
Focus on what's important and don't sweat the small stuff. Too often we major on minors. I often ask myself, "Will this matter in the long term?" or "Will anyone care about this a week or month from now?' If the answer is no. Don't sweat it.
Discourage your distractions. When our cat was young, it tried to claw the couch. A spray bottle with some water quickly stopped that. But even better, we got it a scratching post. Whatever or whoever is distracting you can be retrained to stop it. It's your life, and you get a say into who interrupts you and who doesn't.
True, these weren't real spiritual answers. But Satan likes to work with what's available. If you discipline your focus, you'll make his job a lot harder.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I am going to focus on You today. AMEN