I want to share an excerpt from a conversation that I had last night:
Me: “You are distracting me from my life!”
Other person: “(I’m) Enhancing….not distracting.”
“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” (Philippians 3:15-16, The Message)
We all have a race to run in life….a journey to pursue. The main focus of that pursuit should be to seek after God, first and foremost, and then strive to obtain our other life goals. Along the way, you will encounter things that may either boost your pursuit, or have the potential to get you off course. If you start to dedicate a lot of time to those things, it would be wise to evaluate if they are indeed a distraction, or an enhancement.
If something is an enhancement to your life, it is going to enrich and improve it, and help you stay focused in the right direction. Distractions will divert your attention, and cause you to drift from what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes good things can quickly become distractions, if you are not careful. Have you ever seen a woman who is wearing entirely too much make-up? She has taken a product (or two, or three, or four), that was made to enhance her natural beauty, and used it in a way that not only detracts from it, but is distracting to look at…it’s all you can see.
“…we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.” (Hebrews 12:1)
If you want to accomplish all that God has for you, it’s going to take focus, which means weeding out the distractions from your life. Otherwise, they will cling to you becoming hindrances, slowing you down. Only you can be the judge of whether or not something is a distraction, or an enhancement in your life. Review the evidence carefully, and if the verdict comes back that it’s a distraction, it’s time to cut it loose. Don’t worry, the process will hurt less than you think and I’ll even let you borrow my scissors. 🙂