Distracted By Doing
According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, distraction as a noun could be any of the following meanings:
: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
: something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.
: a state in which you are very annoyed or upset
My word for 2014 is seek. My word is still under development. I still don’t know exactly what it means, but I know I’m seeking God.
That seems so odd to me.
I found God when I accepted His gift of salvation. Why should I be seeking Him so many years later?
This one passage meets all three of those definitions of distraction for me. Do you see it?
Martha was busy. She had a to-do list. She had specific tasks at hand that had to be completed. She did not have time to become distracted. She had too much to do.
Or was all of that just a coping mechanism? Was staying busy Martha’s way of looking important or her way of staying out of the way and not having to deal with the uncomfortable teaching that was about to take place?
Sometimes work can entertain us. It can provide a challenge which presents reward. We set goals, we work for recognition, and we avoid the negative things in front of us by immersing ourselves in the busyness.
Martha was slaving away in the kitchen and her sister sat in the floor by Jesus’ feet. Mary knew how much work there was to be done! What in the world was wrong with her?
How often do we become distracted by what those around us are or aren’t doing? We either elevate our own importance or talk badly about those who aren’t working.
I can’t seek you right now, Lord. There’s too much going on right now. I’m needed to get all of this done.
I can’t seek you right now, Lord. This might be my only opportunity to serve in this capacity. I want to do my best. I want to show them just how good I can be at this.
I can’t seek you right now, Lord! Can’t you see? I’m too busy doing my work, and her work, and his work, and probably the work of three other people because none of them will get up and do anything! I’m the only one willing to work, Lord! Everyone else is just sitting around reading their Bibles!
See, I knew Him, but I got so distracted by the work, the recognition, and the laziness of those around me that I stopped seeking Him in an attempt to be everything and do everything. Yes, we can become distracted while doing good works.
There’s nothing wrong with serving…unless the action becomes an idol.
I’m not God. I’m a sinner saved by grace. I need to sit at the feet of Jesus and have my focus fixed.