I’m convinced that Twitter and facebook are the enemies of productivity. The internet, while helpful in many ways, can be a HUGE distraction. This virtual reality of ‘villes and instantaneous news keep us from living in our actual reality. We miss so much because we are trying to keep from missing anything. We need to check our news feed every five minutes to make sure we haven’t missed anything that our 492 friends may have done. We need to refresh our Twitter feed every 30 seconds because someone famous might have eaten a hot dog and felt compelled to tell the world about it. We miss what is truly important.
Kind of like Martha in Luke 10. She was, as Luke put it, distracted by the details of a dinner party that she missed what Mary caught. She missed being in Jesus’ presence because she was focused on the wrong things.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
– Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
How much are you missing today by being distracted by the details of life?
You’re so busy trying to please others that you are distracted from pleasing God.
You’re following everyone on Twitter and facebook and distracted from following Jesus.
You’re way too focused on work and distracted from focusing on your family.
May you take some time today to differentiate between that which is most important and those things that are merely distractions.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to be so focused on following Jesus that I cannot be distracted by anything else. I confess that I sometimes miss Your voice because I am listening to the wrong voices. I thank You for loving me and calling me Your friend. Amen.