On any given day, I can find at least an hour and thirty-three minutes of time to scroll through my timeline on Facebook, get lost in an endless video circuit on YouTube, and fantasize over the latest finds on Pinterest. Without a doubt, I can manage to fit another 2 hours and sixteen minutes to watch a movie from Redbox, find something interesting OnDemand, or stare mindlessly at every show on HGTV.
And what does this do for me? Nothing really. It’s pleasurable in the sense that I can just sit back and relax. Indeed, these are all mind-numbing activities. They just don’t take much brainpower, nor much energy, to exert. They don’t even require much participation. Honestly, I just find that these things just sort of happen. I just randomly look up after twenty-eight minutes of constant scrolling on Facebook to realize how much time has gone by since I was last productive.
It’s just that subtle. Wasted time seems to slowly and softly crescendo into a thunderous revelation of unfinished to-do lists and a somber rhythm of unproductive habits. Plainly put, when you waste your time, you waste your life.
Women of God, we have so many distractions vying for our attention. No matter where you look, there’s something pleasing to the eye or easing to the mind. All these distractions serve as an escape away from the realities of life and the cares of this world, even when the distraction may be the realities of life and the cares of this world. Understand that if it is taking your focus off of God, it’s a distraction.
John 10:10 ESV shows us the role distraction plays in our lives.
10a The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
This first section of the verse shows the enemy’s role as the king of distraction. He wants to steal your time, to kill your hope, and to destroy your faith. When you think about it, distraction is much more than what we ever thought. Distraction isn’t just a tool of the enemy. It’s the very purpose of the enemy. It’s his mission, his goal, his aim, to distract us from fulfilling the purposes of God. Quite frankly, most of us are too distracted for life more abundant.
Instead of giving in to distraction, Jesus finishes out the verse with some incredibly powerful encouragement.
10b I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus replaces distraction with affection. Instead of seducing us with the blissful ignorance of distraction, He draws us with the reassuring promise of affection. He cares so much for us that, not only does He yearn for us to have life, but for us to have vivacious life, fruitful life, meaningful life. What more could we really ask for, aspire to have, or desire to obtain than an abundant life? He knows full well what we want, what really brings joy unspeakable and peace incomprehensible. It’s a life fulfilled. It’s a life lived on purpose. It’s a life maximized.
Take inventory right now. Is your life full of His purpose? Are you filled with joy at the current state of life’s affairs? Are you reaping the fruitful harvest you’ve sown? Are you enjoying the kind of peace that surpasses the understanding of your circumstances?
If not, uncover the distractions that plague your focus on Jesus’ affection towards you. Try a 24-hour fast from your most common distraction, and fill that time by developing a more intimate relationship with God.
And if you are, praise God! Remember to share your testimony as the Holy Spirit leads you. And revel in His goodness, His faithfulness, and His loving kindness towards you.
Share your most common distractions. And if you’ve done a fast from them, share your revelation in the comments section below.