I am working on writing one blog a week, and trying to have them written by Thursday. Today is Wednesday and I haven’t had any great blog ideas yet. One of the things that I do to generate ideas in all areas of my life is scroll Facebook. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain. I primarily use Facebook for the leadership, church, and news articles. Most of my feed is filled with things from leadership authors or companies that produce good content to help me think and lead better. So when I am blocked for ideas, it seems a natural place to go to spur on some thoughts to write about. But the problem is I also can easily get sucked in to dumb time consuming videos that extend the process. Today I totally got sucked in to one of those “build this great machine” types that are so long they even have an ad halfway through it. The title didn’t say what the machine was, and my curiosity got the better of me. With each step the hands on the screen worked with all kinds of things like springs, a thin rubber mat, a small cooling fan, cut wood, and a plastic bowl. I was sure whatever they were making would be interesting so I stayed tuned in even through the ad. In the end this “machine” they built had absolutely no bearing on my life and I would never go through the process to make anything similar because I cannot imagine ever needing a machine that did what this one does.
Then I was frustrated with myself for getting so distracted for so long.
Here is the next thought that came to my mind after the frustration cleared...
We often handle our spiritual pursuit in the exact same way.
We know how important it is to center our lives on God and His Word, and we often approach our days with a high degree of focus or intention to do just that. Then, before we know it we are so distracted by things that have absolutely no spiritual value at all. Things that will not build us in the likeness of Jesus, or add to our love for Him. Things that are powdered sugar in our quest for spiritual meat. It is a deceptive ploy to get us off track. And it isn’t just meaningless things that sometimes derail us, sometimes it is good things too that we allow to infringe our the more important things like spending time with God. (Not that there aren’t good things that we should prioritize in our lives occasionally, but our walk with God should be the priority that is protected as much as possible.)
We all need to work on keeping distractions from hijacking our spiritual quest for Jesus, even me because It happens to all of us, and we all need to fight against the “click bait” of distractions in our lives. If you are in need of a little motivation because your life is full of distractions right now, remember this, Jesus loves you and wants a real relationship with you. The creator of the universe is waiting patiently and lovingly to meet with you to teach you more about Himself and help you live your life! Spiritual pursuit is more about pursuing a relationship than it is about seeking knowledge, it isn’t a check box, there is a real person waiting to meet with you and shower you with His goodness and kindness, encouragement and challenge.
What is your “click bait” when it comes to focusing in on spending time with God?
What can you do to minimize “click bait” in your life?
How can we encourage one another to stay focused in our spiritual pursuit?