Winters in NJ can be cold. While they are nothing like the ones I experienced when in I went to school at Syracuse they can get pretty uncomfortable, for me at least. I don’t mind sunny cold days as much as the dreary, windy ones. On a day like that all I really want to do is stay at home on my couch in front of the fire. However, on one such day this past winter, my husband and I ventured out to take the kids to lunch.
After lunch the cold wind blew as we raced back to the car. With warmth just within my reach my 4 year old noticed a glove someone dropped in the empty parking space next to us. I knew what was coming… as my son slowed down to check it out I repeatedly said “focus, in the car, hurry up”. My ears and nose stung from the cold as I tried to keep his little body moving in the direction of our destination. Luckily my son’s curiosity did not get the best of him; he didn’t pick up the glove but continued to move forward and into the car without a hitch. It was a close one.
Once in the car I was reminded of a dog show we happened upon in Central Park the summer before. The street was lined with sponsors giving things away, vendors selling their products and contests you could enter with your dog. One of these contests tested a dog’s ability to listens to its owner and obey commands while going through an obstacle course. The contestants were timed as they were lead along past chew toys and treats. The owners each used different methods such as commands and whistles to keep the dogs on track. I laughed as I compared my son to those dogs in the park.
The irony is that the same guidance I gave Aaron and the dog owners gave their dogs I need. Would you believe it if I told you that I started this post in January Needless to say I have been a little distracted.
Distractions come in many forms for me. There are small distractions such as checking e-mail too frequently or unintentional web browsing. When I have a deadline for a project cleaning my house and doing laundry can divert my attention away too. I have a tendency reorganize drawers and closets when I can’t find what I was looking for on my way to do something completely different. Bigger distractions are volunteering to run an event at school, taking on a freelance job or signing up for class that has homework. What I am most guilty of is starting new projects when others aren’t finish.
None of these things are bad in and of themselves, however, the Holy Spirit is gently nudging me to focus, get back to basics and walk out the things he has placed in my heart. I need to recognize those things that are keeping me from doing what God wants me to do in this day, month or year. The Bible says a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) I don’t want to be double minded but purposeful in my pursuit of living in the Sweet Spot of God's will for my life. I am learning that is not about doing more or being more but about being led by God as to what to say “yes” or “no” to whether it’s helping out with lunch at school or signing up for a lengthy commitment. It will take prayers and putting some safeguards in place.
Are you pursuing something? What distract you? How do you keep yourself from getting distracted?