Discipline vs. Distraction

I can get lost on the internet.

My intentions are good… but I am easily distracted. I might have started looking for something specific: a chicken taco recipe, the quickest driving route to Nashville, or what hours the local YMCA is open. But often, the next thing I know, I’ve clicked into a thousand different places that have nothing to do with my purpose or direction… everything from current weather conditions in Barrow Alaska, the current price of a hotel room at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, or how to play all the crazy games from the TV show ‘Minute to Win it’.

I’ve noticed I can get lost in life too, in much the same way… I am easily distracted. I purpose to stay fit and work out (run, lift weights, etc.)… but many times I find myself ‘clicked’ in another direction… like flipping on ‘On Demand’ to watch a recent movie release. I purpose to develop my career skills to be a better pastor… but many times I find myself looking for and dreaming about some exotic career… like becoming a big wave surfer in Hawaii. I purpose to spend time in prayer, reading my Bible, and doing good works, seeking after God… but all kinds of things grab my attention instead… pride, money, self, fear, lonliness, guilt, regret, doubt, etc., etc., etc.

Many folks (me included) seem to have missed a fundamental rule for life… develop disciplined attention… sticktoitivness. It’s better to ‘stop and smell the roses’ when you know where you came from and where you are going… otherwise you’re likely to get lost in the garden!

Proverbs 2(3-5):

…if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.