Distractions. They are everywhere.
We live in a world where we are constantly being distracted from our spouses, children, family, friends, work and most importantly, our first love, Jesus.
Distractions come in all kinds of forms and fashions. Speaking for myself, it seems to be the small things that creep up on me that become the biggest distractions in my life.
An example a lot of people can relate to are cellphones.
I’ve found myself more than once picking up the phone just to look at something for just a minute, and before I knew it, 30 minutes of my life have just passed me by.
A cellphone is a small thing, and yet, it takes my heart and mind off of the people I love the most in my life. Some people are distracted by other people or activities such as a hobby, sports or work.
I urge you to think about what distracts you and try to take steps to better yourself in that area of weakness.
Take it from me: The very best thing you can do for your life is to make sure that Jesus remains your first love in every area of your life. When we allow these little things, which turn into time-consuming things, take over our thoughts and ways, we find ourselves in a mess.
The only way to keep Him first is to constantly feed our minds, hearts and thoughts with the things about Jesus.
For me, that means picking up my Bible instead of my cellphone. It means that when I go to watch one more episode of a reality TV show, that I change the channel, or better yet, turn off the TV. It means praying more and surrounding myself with people who love Jesus, too.
I hope that you will use the recounting of my own struggles as encouragement to know that we all struggle with juggling our time wisely. We all struggle with keeping our priorities in order. And we all have to continually feed our spirits with the things of Jesus.
Even when we are distracted and get off track for a while, His grace abounds, and He still loves us so very much.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.