Distraction is deception

In yesterday’s devotional I said that you need to deliberately establish godly priorities and put them into your schedule.

Why? Because at first you make your schedule, and then your schedule makes you. In other words, the routines you establish shape who you become.

So today I’d like to further motivate you with one more idea: Distraction is deception.

If you are forever distracted by things that are ungodly, you’re being deceived—you’re buying the lie that your limited time, energy and attention is best invested in things that make you focus LESS on God (instead of more). Let me give you an example.

Five years ago I watched a bunch of different T.V. shows. I also wanted to read more books, but struggled to find the time. That’s when I realized (a) that a bunch of the junk I was watching wasn’t helping me live an awesome life, and (b) I could read more books that would grow me as a person if I spent less time watching shows I would just forget the next day anyway.

Do I still watch some T.V.? Yes. But it’s a footnote in my life, not an entire chapter—and I never make a habit of watching anything that dishonours God. It’s a small example, but it’s easy to see how you can extend it into over parts of your life.

Proverbs 13:4 says, “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” So be diligent. You only have a limited amount of time, energy and attention. When you use them to focus more on God, you’ll be more fully satisfied.

Distraction is deception. 

By Matthew Ruttan

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