Hello, sweet friend! Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!
Do any of you find yourself wanting to be faithful to God, so desiring to grow in your faith and express it to the world, but realize that things get in the way? I don’t think I’m alone in letting myself become distracted by things that hinder my faith, but I also hope that I can share some tips that will help you (and me) stay focused on God in our everyday lives so that we can glorify Him more!
I’m going to break down some of the big things that can draw our focus + address how to correctly think about each of those things!
Now, money is something that we need in this world in order to have food, shelter, and clothing; all things people find necessary for survival. We tie it to success, and use it to show what our material worth is. The truth we have to remember is that we don’t get our worth from our material possessions, but our worth comes from God, and the fact that He created us and loves us! It is also so important to remember to that no amount of money cannot satisfy us (Ecc. 5:10) – only God can do that.
I think this is one of the most popular messages in society right now, that we should never stop hustling, always go go go, and that we can be anything we want to be if we just try hard enough and never give up. We drive ourselves into the ground because we want to constantly achieve and ‘live our best life now.’ The reality is: our purpose is to live our lives for God’s glory, not our own (and certainly our best lives will be lived in heaven). AND we happen to be made for rest! When we rest in the Lord, we become more productive citizens of God’s kingdom. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Ps. 115:1)
Like with all of these areas of life, social media is not inherently bad. In fact, so much fun stuff can be done through social media, including meeting friends like you! We can grow relationships from afar, spread the good news, and hear people’s stories that we otherwise wouldn’t. But when we spend too much time on social media it can, like anything, turn into something that sucks away our time, causes us to compare ourselves unfairly to others, and set standards that just aren’t able to be met. The truth: giving your use of social media to God, and praying that He might use it for His glory is the best way to turn a distraction into a tool for Jesus.
Yes, guys. Even our relationships with our friends, family members, etc. can be distractions from our faith. But here’s the thing! In order to best serve those loved ones, and have even better relationships with them, that honor the Lord, we need to prioritize our relationship with Him. Using our own wisdom in relationships will find us at a loss. I know when I try to come up with solutions to relationship conflicts without consulting God’s Word or praying about it, I can never seem to find words that are right. When I allow God to take control of the situation, I can trust that He will work things out for the betterment of everyone in the relationship.
Fear + Worry
This one might hit a little deeper, because ultimately, distraction is a mindset. When we allow fear or worry, anxious thoughts, or any other state of mind that isn’t honoring to God, we are being distracted from the thoughts that are peaceful, joyful, hopeful, loving, kind, etc. Replace thoughts that are fearful or anxious with the opposite, in order to build a habit of not only gratitude, but of going to the Lord in every situation. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8)
Now that we’ve talked about some things to turn back over to God, I also want to list three helpful things to do when you find yourself being distracted!
Friends, prayer is our direct line to God. How amazing is it that we have that personal access to Him? Since He has given us that open line of communication, we should take full advantage of it! The Bible tells us to pray in any and every circumstance, and that we are to pray without ceasing, and that means that God wants us to come to Him consistently and constantly in prayer. We can’t know what means God uses to fulfill His will, so pray that he would keep you focused, and pray that He would use those things that have your attention for His will, rather than your own. <3
Reading the Word
The Bible is the Word of God, written and preserved through history for us! Another amazing gift that God has given us. Like it says itself, it is, “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) When we read the Bible, it confronts our assumptions, and it shows us the right ways to think and act. When you find yourself distracted by the world, sit down and let God’s word recenter your mind and perspective.
Going along with the first two points, putting prayer and reading the Bible into practice daily will help to get your mind in the right place. It will allow you to start the day with God’s word in your mind, and drive you back to the Lord throughout the day. Routines can be super helpful for training yourself in actions that give God the glory, so find the routines that work for you, and optimize your time in a way that points you to Jesus more and more!
I hope this was helpful in some small way, and I pray that it only prompts you to spend more time with the Lord!
Until next time, friends. xx