Have you ever been distracted? Have you been wanting to do something, but things keep popping up that cause you to retract to your old ways?
For example: You want to start eating healthy, but Whataburger comes out with a “Limited Time Only” burger that you’ve been dreaming about for months? Or you have been wanting to be proactive in writing your sermons, but you are drawn to the World Cup, LeBron James and his free agency drama, your favorite soccer player being traded to another team, and your favorite basketball team can’t figure out what to do with their best player and you are up all night checking to see if anything new has been brought to light?
The latter was me last week! I was preparing my message, studying, and all of a sudden I get the urge to check on Safari and look at the latest news. I began to realize that when Jesus would speak to a crowd, shortly after he would leave to either be alone or get away. I realized the importance of silence.
Jesus knew to keep the main thing, the main thing. Read this scripture on Mary and Martha:
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
In Martha’s defense, she was just trying to pursue excellence and make sure the Messiah was as comfortable as he could be. However, she let the little things distract her from the main thing. I love what Jesus said, “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
How many times in my life have I consumed something that is only beneficial for me temporary, but it has distracted me from what is good for my soul and for my faith. Literally, last week I put my phone on silent and left it in my bedroom, and I sat in my closet with no music just sitting there speaking to God.
In the chaos of life, it’s amazing what a little sitting and stillness can do for you. No distractions. Just God and you.
I spent the next 15 minutes sitting on the floor, praying and listening to God.
My challenge to you is to spend at least 5 minutes a day with no phone and no music, and just rest in his presence. It’ll change your life, and your soul will benefit greatly from it!
– By Chris Clatt