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Motivational Minute: Got Squirrels?

The advent of the Internet, while boasting many advantages, ushered in a world of distractions, especially to those of us who struggle with maintaining focus. I’m one of those people that can be in the midst of cleaning a room, run across something that piques my curiosity, become absorbed in the new interest for a couple hours, then realize I’m out of time and have barely scratched the surface of the work that needs to be done. Got squirrels?

Staying on task is difficult in the best of circumstances, but the ever enticing, all intrusive, constant presence of technology makes it all the more challenging. Even as I write this post, I find myself tempted to look at every social media outlet to which I’m connected, view a couple of YouTube videos, and catch an episode of Arrow on Netflix.

Distractions from cleaning and writing are easily overcome, but those that interfere with spiritual well being permeate the soul. As believers, we must be disciplined in our pursuit of Jesus – steering clear of anything that distracts us from the cause of Christ. We would do well to set aside a specific time that our focus is solely on spiritual things – no Internet, no television, no radio – only me and Jesus.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2a). We must ensure that our fascinations in life are vertically, rather than horizontally, focused. The more centered we are on the things of Christ, the less compelled we are to immerse ourselves in the things of this world.