“let your light shine before others…” (NRSV)
I remember when I was finally old enough to drive a Go-Kart by myself. I jumped in, pulled across the flimsy seatbelt and stepped on the gas.
But I didn’t go anywhere.
The engine was revving as loudly as any Go-Kart could, but I was motionless. About 10 seconds later the boss man came over to see what was wrong. After a quick look—and with an air of condescension—he asked, “Do you know why you’re not moving?”
I thought to myself, ‘Of course I don’t know. If I knew, I wouldn’t be sitting here!’
With a smirk he continued, “You’re not going anywhere because you’ve got the gas pedal to the floor… and also the brake!”
Oh, right. It works much better when you do one thing at a time.
How many times in our lives do we try to do two things at once? Or more! We get so “good” at multi-tasking and doing a lot of things that we end up being good at none of them. In Captivology, Ben Parr cites a study where people who said they were heavy multi-taskers (especially those who consumed a lot of media content) were actually the least capable of multi-tasking.
It’s easy to water down who we need to be when we need to be all we can be.
When that happens, it’s like we work at odds with ourselves, burn through a lot of energy, increase our frustration, and never really achieve what we had hoped to do.
So when you do something, commit to it and be at your best for God.
If you’re working, commit to it and do it well.
If you’re with your family, commit to it and do it well.
If you’re at the arena, commit to it and do it well.
If you’re resting, commit to it and do it well.
I’m not saying we need to be robots all the time or that we’re bad people if we get side-tracked from time to time. I get that. But what I am saying is that we water down our best when live like we have 23 hands.
As far as I know the Bible doesn’t have much to say about Go-Karts. But it does have a lot to say about being at your best for God. As Jesus says in Matthew 5:16: “let your light shine before others…”
And that’s kind of hard to do when you’re perpetually distracted and have both pedals to the floor.
By Matthew Ruttan