“Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”  Hebrews 12:1b-2

Have you ever been laser focused on a task only to have someone or something interrupt you? It may be unintentional, but once you’re concentration is broken it is often difficult to resume your level of intensity.

The world distracts us. Satan loves to throw us off our game. If the devil can keep or hinder us from service to the Lord, he will. And that’s often when the most annoying distractions rear their ugly heads. Sometimes our distractions are more than a brief interruption. Sometimes the distractions Paul calls encumbrances become heavy burdens. The word “encumbrance” suggests something of mass. Something weighty that can weigh us down. Especially the emotional and spiritual distractions we face in life. Doubt and disbelief, for instance, distract us the easiest and the quickest.

We need to deal effectively with whatever gets in our way. The only way to deal effectively with our distractions is to change our focus and make sure we have the right direction.

Unlike a 5K marathon or a downhill ski race, the course for the race we’re running is not always marked with colorful, strategic markers.
In fact, sometimes we don’t know what course we will follow. But God would rather we didn’t say, “I know where I’m going” and say instead, “God I don’t know where I’m going. Show me the way.”

We need the right focus as we run the race set before us. If we have the right focus, we can run the race with perseverance and endurance. We need to “fix” our eyes on Jesus. When our gaze is “fixed” on Him we realize something. We have the right direction for our lives, and we have the confidence that we can effectively run the race set before us and accomplish the things God has for us.

Father, distractions haunt us every day. Interruptions happen. Satan always tries to draw us away from You any way he can. Help us, O God, to keep our eyes fixed on you today. Help us realize, O God, that You are here with us in this moment. We have a race set before us that You have equipped us to run. Help us to persevere in You, O Lord. Help us to endure the distractions we face and depend totally on You now to write our story, then finish it in victory. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Distractions

  1. Hindrances happen! Sometimes they are God ordained but usually they are distractions from Him and His service. At those times, keeping focus on Him is essential. Submitting to Him, believing He will take care of all hindrances (circumstances) and resisting the devil’s attempts to distract us, will ensure that His work is completed.

    Praise God for His faithfulness. When He calls us, He enables us and undertakes for us – but it is our responsibility to keep focused on Him.

  2. Amanda Beth says:

    Oh, distractions! My life is full of them! I was overwhelmed tonight and my youngest was jumping all over me as I was trying to pray. I cried out to God, “Can’t I just have a minute with you!” There’s always so many distractions. But praise God He knows just what we need. Thanks for sharing this timely message!:)

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      I don’t see hou y’all do it. You’re running the race set before you as Godly parents seeking the Lord’s hand in all the decisions you make. He will certainly bless you both. There is hope! One day all your kids will be grown and gone and you will have grandkids like us! Think of that day, Amanda and Jay. It will be here tomrrow!

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