How Distractions Become Idols

The rabbit holes lure me.

They are everywhere. As I attempt to navigate my days around them, I wonder what I might be missing. Voice bytes of those who have descended down their openings beckon me to investigate them too.

However, delving in leads to following tunnels that may lead to nowhere. The hole morphs into a corn maze. And before I know it, I have become distracted. Large amounts of time were consumed with nothing life giving in return.

Tish Harrison Warrens’s words in her book, The Liturgy of the Ordinary, whisper, “How you spend your moments is of course how you spend your days.”

I pray for wisdom and discipline to keep my eyes focused on what’s worthy of investigation. When to recognize that I have let the quest for information become my idol. I need to focus my gaze up at Jesus rather than down into empty holes.

Changing my rhythms allows me to prioritize and discern my movements. Where are my steps leading?

Justin Earley offers these practices to help reshape the mind, soul, and body.

“Turn you eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and graceā€¦”

Alan Jackson

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9 thoughts on “How Distractions Become Idols

  1. Esther

    I thank God for speaking to me so clearly through your words, Stephanie. I needed these words to help me reorder how I use my time in a much needed way, at the beginning of a new month. Blessings.

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    How you spend your moments
    is how you spend your days;
    be careful not to foment
    betrayal of your praise
    through your careless actions
    that take not God to heart,
    and place in your soul factions
    that will tear you apart.
    Thus you must be integrated,
    a firm God-fearing whole
    that becomes not dessicated
    when stress doth take its toll,
    but will stay, dear son and daughter,
    in the flow of Living Water.


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