…..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8)
I’ve lost count of the times distractions have claimed my attention. It’s a daily challenge when I, like all of us, are bombarded with information to the point of overload. The problem with distractions is that it can take a long time to refocus and to return to what we were doing before things all kicked off.
Whatever the eventual outcomes might be, it’s clear that Covid 19 has pushed everything else to the margins of our daily concerns. Things aren’t the same today as they were a week ago and, although life will go on, we will not return to how we once were.
Many of us have had to put our lives on hold, while others – those working in essential or emergency services – have seen their work and personal lives taken up many a gear. As ever, in times of stress, we are seeing the best and worst of human nature: we all like to help but we’d never, ever over buy (would we?).
Perhaps the latter behaviour is one of the most powerful images of distraction we could name at the moment. What is it that drives normally laid back people into a frenzy of buying more than they need when others struggle to get enough?
As I was writing this morning and thinking about our bible verse, the words of Jesus from Matthew 6:21 came to mind. There’s much talk about the economy at the moment so dwell with me for a moment on this: “… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
We’re all facing tough choices, not least how we demonstrate what a real and living faith in Jesus looks like. Putting our trust in God not gold is not just the best but, the only option.
Not only is God far less volatile – He’s always the same, not up and down like some kind of Spiritual FTSE 100 – trusting in Him allows us to see our circumstances in perspective.
In focussing on God, and not allowing ourselves to be distracted by rumour, scaremongering or simply www overload, we will find peace today as well as being able to take inevitable changes of the future in our stride. Remember today what you have, rather than what you fret about: the good that God brings into this world will hold you and enable you to hold others