Thursday, September 20th, 2012
I would really like to know how many times I have said this at the end of my day after evaluating my productivity (or lack thereof), “Gosh! I don’t know what happened! I was just distracted by so many things! Stuff just kept popping up!”
Yeah, right. It should be, “Wow. Today was unproductive. I guess I should not have spent all that time watching Doctor Who trailers and movie clips, reading blogs, e-mailing a billion times, writing articles instead of working on Spanish grammar and surfing the internet trying to find the right blazer to go with my slacks for that speech tournament instead or working on my speech!”
I thought through my day and tried to find a distraction that just…happened. Guess what…nothing came to mind. It was depressing to realize that every single activity that detracted from my productivity during my day was self-induced, not happenstance.
My guess is that I am not the only one who has experienced this self-induced distracting. Just a reminder… we have free will—we don’t have to get distracted from whatever it is God is calling us to do in that moment that we’re tempted. For me, I am a full time student at home and online, so I am constantly on my iPad or computer for my studies…with a million distractions at my fingertips. I must choose to not click on them. It is a conscious decision made with the knowledge that distractions do not breed progress. In summary, distractions are polite guests—they do not come unless invited and they only stay as long as I want them to.
Truth for the road:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand that the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
What is the will of the Lord? To be careful how we chose to live our lives; to make sure that our actions and words are wise; and, to use the time we’ve been given to bring glory to the King of Kings because the days are filled with darkness and we are to fill it with The Light.