I have been meaning to write to you for
some time now and for whatever reason, each time I begin a
letter, I’ve been distracted. I never intend to allow
distractions to distract me from doing what I intend to do
but distractions come and I allow them to derail me.
You probably find this to be true, too. I’m thinking
that’s one of the great battles we must determine to fight –
or, rather, it’s one of the battles we must determine to
I share this because of all the different
things that vie for our attention – many times *good
things* vie for our attention and yet, we must determine
which distractions to stop and pay attention to and which
distractions we must determine to ignore. As mothers,
we need to continually assess our priorities – this is not
so much so that we’ll be sure and stay on schedule so much
as it is that we continually remind ourselves of what we *know*
is best or most important. Different seasons allow for
different things – but too often, distractions make us
dissatisfied about the season we’re in and we’re tempted to
run from the season to something that *seems* better.
that we sometimes live as though have forgotten what’s most
important in our lives… we allow distractions to determine
our thoughts and actions instead of our thoughts determining
which things we’ll stop and pay attention to. In our
pursuit of personal accomplishment we might neglect the very
responsibilities the LORD has given us – in our pursuit of
self interest, we might even be duped into thinking that our
personal responsibilities are the distraction. See how
our world can get turned upside down? I think this is
sort of what Paul was talking about in Romans
the good that I would I do not…”
It seems to all come down to that battle
of the flesh… will I do what is best or what is right?
Or, will I do what I seem to want to do at the time?
So often we don’t stop and ask those questions… we’re often
deep into a “distraction” before we stop and ask ourselves
(and with a willingness to stop if need be) the questions.
Have you written out your priorities
lately? I have found a helpful thing to do is to write
out all that I ought to be doing each day and then in the
next column, write out all that I *am* doing each
day. It’s a sometimes painfully obvious picture that
I’m not doing what I ought to be doing – a sobering reality
that my priorities have shifted and I’ve allowed
distractions to determine my actions. I see the
damage my distractedness has done – because what should have
been done hasn’t been done and what shouldn’t have been done
(at the time) has gobble up my time, energy and resources.
Every now and then I need this “wake-up” call to remind me
that time’s short and I need to be about the business at
When priorities are straight, then when *interruptions*
come along, we can answer the interruption and
then go back to where we’re needed – that place or those
things that we have predetermined to attend to. But if
we live *distracted* then it’s quite difficult
to even find where we ought to be because we’ve allowed
distractions to be the rule of the day.
I pray the LORD will bless you in these
days in your home that you will be delighting in the
marvelous gift of the life the LORD has prepared especially
for you to live.
God bless you… I’ll write again soon.
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