31 Days-Distractions

31 Days WRITE-D7 Distraction

I am easily distracted. My distraction leads to minutes or let’s be honest sometimes hours of checking emails, fiddling with previous blog posts or organizing my inbox. I understand I need HELP! Is there a good blogger you can recommend?

I spend more time planning to write then to actually writing.

What is distracting me ?

Intrusive Thoughts distract me.

  • They immobilize me.
  • They steal my peace.
  • They rob me of my destiny.
  • They are lies or half-truths.
  • They are whispered by the Enemy. 

I am  paralyzed by thoughts that say:

  • You’re a mess.
  • You’re a fraud.
  • You won’t get it right.
  • You could have done it better.
  • You disappoint people.
  • Someone else can do it better.
  • You’re not ready.
  • You’re wasting your time.

The Answer

The answer to the problem of  distraction & thoughts that paralyze is found in the well known story  of Mary & Martha.

Martha gets much bad press. Mary is applauded.

I believe that the point of the story is not about busyness vs devotion .

The point of the story is about being distracted .

The point is about being distracted by fear:

  • Fear of failure;
  • Fear of getting it wrong,
  • Fear of disappointing others.
  • Fear of disappointing myself.
  • Fear of disappointing Jesus.

Martha’s Story

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving and she approached Jesus & said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me.”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha you are worried & troubled about many things. But one thing is needed & Mary has chosen that & it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42 NKJV)

Did you notice that the highlighted text?

Did you pick up on the fact  that both Mary & Martha sat at Jesus feet & heard his words?

This phrase is found only in the NKJV. This phrase makes all the difference in understanding Martha & her issues.

Martha’s Issue

The issue is not that Mary put her relationship with Jesus first.

The issue is not that Martha was the worker filled with  anxiety & stress.

The issue is not that Martha was  the sister with misplaced priorities.

The issue is not that Jesus was angry at & disappointed in  Martha.

The issue is that even though:

  • Martha spent time with Jesus,
  • Martha welcomed Him warmly into her home
  • Martha was too distracted to benefit from the event.

She was too distracted [worried, pulled away by, anxious, overly occupied and too busy]

  • to be at peace
  • to enjoy the time with Jesus
  • to hear his voice
  • to receive his affirmation
  • to rest in his love.

Expressing her emotions (the bitterness, the anger, the frustration) to Jesus was not the issue.

Martha’s issue  was that:

  • she never looked in Jesus’ eyes
  • she didn’t  notice that subtle smile, maybe even a ‘wink’ that communicated his love,
  • she didn’t sense his approval, his pleasure
  • she missed his comfort.
  • she lost the joy of the event.
  • she was locked in the past & in the future
  • she lost joy of the present.

Today’s Conversation

As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42 MSG)

Put yourself in the story.

Tell Jesus your thoughts, feelings & desires.

Ask Jesus:

  • What are my distractions?
  • What are the statements that paralyze me?
  • What is pulling me away from the comfort & peace?
  • Has my doing for Jesus got in the way of my being with Jesus?

What Do You Want to Say to Me Today?

Listen for his voice.

Pray

  • Jesus, today I choose to let You look at me
  • I choose raise my head to look into your eyes.
  • Today I choose to let go of the distractions
  • Today I choose to  just be with You.

 

Paralysing Statements

Send me an email  at admin@lindafode.comI would love to hear how you are doing.

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Virtually yours

linda

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  1. I think it is called a spirit of procrastination. If there is one. I’m sitting in the airport in Toronto. Waiting for my flight to Fort Lauderdale. Anticipating a relaxing and stress less holiday aboard ship. But the journey to get there has been a gong show. Distractions of anxiety as I try to pack and my organized home becomes chaos. The plane from calgary had a broken water tank. So no coffee or tea and let me remind you it was a 7 am flight. So what does one do but drink lots of water that results in bathroom breaks with no water. Sleep finally overtakes. Then the TO airport is undergoing some changes. But customer service is cut back so you wait in line to find your way to customs. Customs has an easy three step process. It helps to cut down the amount of employees and wait time to get through. Only the poor 1 person that is running around trying to service a throng that keep skipping steps. Lest we forget budget cuts to customs officers on the US side. They had two people. Three lines and it was like watching a dripping tap, slow and agonizing. Even Nexus did not help you. Finally someone figured out more manpower was the answer as the troops were getting quite rowdy in the ranks. Ahhhh relief. Three minutes to get through after waiting and hour.
    Distractions on the journey of life. Distractions to rob your peace and your joy God knew why I needed to be here so early today. Now I sit and patiently await my flight to Fort Lauderdale and the ship to carry me away.