Distraction… I laughed when I saw the word. That is my life, and this pandemic has not helped. I am the quintessential joke of the woman cleaning a room and then leaving it to put something away, and then seeing something else, and starting that, and so on, only to get to the end of the day exhausted, and wondering what I did. Yesterday I knew I should write this post right away as I had some thoughts, but then I checked my messages which included a need to take care of something for my son, and then I was off with distraction. I could feel it, so I made a list, which included writing this post, but it is now Saturday, and here I am. I always joke that I am multi-sensory not attention deficit. I have a son who is very administrative in his strengths, so if I really want to stay focused I let him know about it and he will make sure I stay on task.
I think often about the verse from Colossians 3:2-4
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The need and choice of setting my mind above is my number one priority. When I do not do this with my heart, mind, and soul, my relationship with God and others looks like my day, scattered, distracted, and exhausting. I forget to focus, and at times forget what is most important. The intentional choosing to set my mind above gives clarity and focus along with deep purpose. Christ knew His purpose and gives me my purpose and ability to not be distracted.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. I Thessalonians 12:1b-3
So I continually have to set my mind above, and fix my eyes on Jesus, and thankfully He is the author and perfecter of my faith, and will see me home.