It’s so easy to become distracted. In this world, and in our daily lives, there is so much to do and so many moments that steal our time and attention. Sometimes these moments are important and special and are worth the energy we give to them. However, I’m afraid there are more instances that rob us more than help us.
I saw the film trailer for the new Pilgrim’s Progress the other day, and I thought it was interesting how one of the characters told Pilgrim to look toward the light and nothing else. He knew there would be events and people who would distract Pilgrim from his overall goal and purpose–finding Christ. In Luke 10:40-41, Martha complains to Jesus about her sister Mary doing none of the work at hand: “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.’”
Martha was so enveloped in the task at hand, that she forgot who she was doing it for–Jesus–and the main point of it all was standing in front of her! How many times have we missed out on blessings, because we were too busy to see them? I can recall so many moments in my life where this was true. Jesus wanted to remind Martha that Mary had it right. Her priority was correct, because she remembered to place her focus, strength, and attention on Christ.
I challenge you and myself to step back in order to gain some focus this week. Perhaps there are tasks in your life you can let go of, so you can scale back on the busyness of it all. Maybe you can even say no to certain invitations remembering the purpose of doing so is to spend more time with family but ultimately to find Christ–just like Pilgrim needed to do.
We all lose our way, because life is difficult and crazy. Yet it is wonderful to know that Jesus always helps us find our way back to Him–if we let Him. Remember the prodigal son, his father welcomed him home with open arms. Isn’t it amazing to know that Jesus Christ does the same for us? Refocus friends. Discover the Truth, as Pilgrim and Mary did, the Truth that will never leave us–no matter how many times we may have left Him. Thank the Lord for forgiveness and grace, and that He is making all things new (Revelation 21:5).