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Distracted Living?

January 21, 2017

Distracted driving is a term that has become commonplace in modern society. States have enacted all sorts of rules and fines to reduce the occurrences of drivers focusing on activities other than driving. If you cross the Mighty Mississippi into Illinois, you need to put your phone down. Here in Iowa, if a police officer catches you texting and driving, you might receive a “you owe us” from the state. Even with all these safeguards in place, there are people who continue to drive distracted.

Although the desire to save lives and prevent accidents is a noble cause, let me suggest that distracted living is just as great a problem. We will be considering that thought in our morning service this weekend. Matthew 6:25-34 has a simple and straightforward way to avoid distracted living – seek God first. Sounds simple enough but for those who have tried it, we know that it’s not an easy thing.

Here are a couple of thoughts about the problems of distracted living. I pursue things that aren’t of primary importance. This doesn’t mean one can’t ever have fun and relax, but if you decide “what to do” based on how much personal fun and fulfillment is available, you won’t do the hard things that bring great accomplishments. You’ve probably heard the saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Another caution with distracted living is that I might not be prepared when the time comes. Mathew 25 records the parable of 10 young ladies who were waiting for the bridegroom. Five hadn’t prepared properly so when the time came, they were not available. They were busy taking care of something else. Let me encourage you to not let distraction take control of your life. When you do, you’ll never regret it.

Pastor Dave

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