Living From Distractions most times in going about achieving a life of vision, we get into the world of distractions which has become a constant feed of information, noise, and entertainment.
Some get distracted by their phones, while to some others the influence of the Internet and its constant stream of information is accessible from nearly corner of our world. Breaking news breaks into our day at breakneck speed is why they are distracted and it enters their mind with one goal: Gain control of our attention and resources.
As a result, we live distracted lives and our ability to focus, create, and accomplish suffers significantly. It is increasingly clear that distractions are not going away on their own. Instead, the responsibility is ours to live attentive, intentional lives in a world of distraction.
What is the meaning Distractions?
Something that prevents someone from giving their attention to something else that is profitable to a glorious life.
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But if perhaps you feel you are living a distractions lifestyle I want to point out what is said in the Bible, according to 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
For all that is in the world. All that is in the world?
These verses seems contradictory. But Notice he didn’t write “For all that is in the earth.” Cause the Bible tells us that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all that is in it.”
Psalms 24:1. Now, we see the world also in this verse. So, it couldn’t have been everyone or thing in the world. Watch this;
John the Apostle or the beloved had to specify of the things in the world that he refers to. So, he says they are; “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These 3 are the things he refers as all that is in the world in the context of this epistle. And these 3 are the distractions of life. Let’s see;
The word lust in greek refers to passion. A strong and an uncontrollable desire or passion for. So the uncontrollable desire of the flesh i.e of human nature, of the desires of the body. Something that has been given to us which is our body, he says for us to allow it’s rule and reign over us is not of God. Then he moves to the lust of the eyes.
Here, the eyes represent our vision and sight power, but then, it is something that could trigger a fleshly weakness like Envy, desiring something that you do not yet have or that your present capacity will not permit, but you want it now. This then drives you to do something you shouldn’t. This is the strong desire of having or doing everything you see. He says it is not of God.
Then the pride of life. He refers to our boasting, our confidence, our believe and trust in all that we have gained, gathered or in all that the world has provided and declares a certainty of and an identity in. He says putting your faith in them isn’t a life that God has given you.
Anything or anyone that takes your attention away from Jesus isn’t of God, no matter how much you love it.