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Distractions

Several wads of paper next to a blank notebook.

I’m not using my time wisely. It’s frustrating. There’s so much to do that it gets overwhelming, then I get so overwhelmed that I just can’t do anything.

It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid (or maybe I still do this), and I’d try something new. If I couldn’t do it perfectly from the get-go (which I never could), then I’d want to just give up. As an adult, if there isn’t enough time to finish a task or project, I’ll just wait until there is, instead of making progress in the time I have available.

I use the excuse, “if God wants me to do this, then He’ll make time.” So then God does make it so I have enough time, but I get interrupted or distracted.

The interruptions and distractions are Satan. I recognize that, yet I don’t do a very good job of fighting him on it. These are modern-day trials. Satan throws things at us like busyness, social media, and politics to keep our thoughts on worldly things. Spiritual warfare zaps us of our time and energy that would be/should be spent on God and what He has given us to do.

It takes perseverance to keep fighting the fight. It’s exhausting, but it’s one of the things we’re tasked to do. I literally tell Satan, “Satan, go away!” Then I follow up by praying to my heavenly Father for strength and endurance.

Tell Satan to go away. Make time for God before all else. Worldly things will pass away, but our Father is eternal.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 ESV

If you have another minute, read James 1:2-18 ESV

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Please join me this week in praying for perseverance. Let’s pray that we, and our loved ones, are faithful to what God calls us to do. Pray that we listen to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit and not let Satan cast doubt on our spiritual walk with the Lord. Pray for strength. Pray for victory in spiritual warfare. Pray that we persevere to the end.

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