Sometimes it’s a constant struggle to keep our eyes fixed on God, and to not become distracted by the passing concerns and things of this world. But if we are aware of what can, and does, interfere with our walks with God, we can begin to take the necessary actions to prevent them. Remember, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).
Relationships. I’m sure you knew this one would be here. Every kind of relationship falls into this category; friends, parents, siblings, spouses, girl/boy friends, children, co-workers, bosses, etc. We can allow any of these relationships to distract us from God. It is our relationships that are our connection with the world, and it is our human nature to have them, but when we allow any one of these relationships threaten to become more important to us than God…well, they become a distraction. Remember, God calls us to love one another (1 John 3:11), so when we do, it is an act of obedience to God. But don’t forget about God in the process. We need to make sure we are giving God ample time everyday.
I would have to say the relationship with the most danger of becoming a distraction from our walk with God would be that of a boy-friend, girl-friend, or spouse. These relationships in their nature, demand the most time, and that is why it is extremely important that they are centered around God. If they aren’t, you will see your walk with God spiraling downward. In a dating relationship, don’t compromise your morals.
In a nut shell, relationships are extremely important, but our relationship with God is of the utmost importance. Remember that!
Work, work, work. What a distraction this can be! And I’m not just referring to a job, I mean everything from a job, to leading worship, a bible study, or anything! I personally have often allowed this site to become a distraction from God. I want it to bless people, I want it to look good, but all that I should be worrying about is that I am doing it as God wants me to, if I do that, He’ll take care of the rest.
It is so easy to get caught up on our duties, but the most important thing is that we do it entirely for the Lord. They are to glorify God, not ourselves. We can have great motives behind our work, but sometimes we let the work become more important then “listening to Jesus”. Listen and be flexible!
Hobbies. I love hobbies! I have a huge rang of them; from blogging, scrapbooking, to shopping with my girls, and numerous others. The dangerous thing about them is that they can consume a lot of our time. Like the old saying goes… “Funny how time flies when you’re having fun”. Make sure you’re not spending too much time on your hobbies that you fail to make time for Him. A great way to keep your hobbies in check is to do them with God in mind! Like worshipping God with music. Also, we can use our hobbies to develop relationships with other Christians. Having hobbies is a great way to get yourself into the world to be an influence…so keep that in mind.
I’m going to be honest about this one. Technology by far is a major distraction for me. If I’m not texting on my iPhone, I’m checking email or just goofing around on my iPad. Think of how much time I could spend in His presence instead of wasting precious time on pretty much nothing. Sometimes a reality check is needed to get back on track. Step away from the phone except for emergencies and leave the iPad at home for a change. But if you’re like me, it doesn’t stop there. Laptops, Social Media, TV, all consume most of your day. Take a step back. Don’t try to work God into your schedule. Try working your schedule around Him. He should be first, your #1 priority. Make a daily appointment with Him and keep it!