Distraction is a huge problem in our culture. Constantly we are bombarded with everything imaginable that would seek to get us off focused. These distractions come in the form of social media, people who “need” our time, and unimportant tasks that sometimes place us on a hamster wheel of frustration.
The question then becomes, “How do we break free from distraction?” Luke 10 gives us an idea. In verses 38-42, we read the story of Martha and Mary. And Martha is suffering from distraction because she has a lot on her plate. Probably quite literally because she is preparing Jesus an entire meal! She grows frustrated that her sister Mary will not help her and just wants to be with Jesus but Jesus steps in and reminds her of what is really important.
Martha illustrates two realities about distraction. First, Distraction produces endless activity. She was so consumed with working for Jesus that she neglected to spend time with Jesus. Every day, we are faced with this similar temptation. There is always more we can do! But Jesus points out that no amount of activity for him can replace our time with him. The second point we see about distraction is that It compels us to be critical of other people. Because Martha is so busy doing, she naturally assumes that others who are not doing as much as she must be in the wrong. When the reality could not have been further from the truth. I wish I could stay here for a few minutes but let me just caution not to get caught up in the comparison game.
The way you emerge from the trap of distraction is through focusing your eyes on what is truly important. I am not a huge Nascar fan but in this sport I learned an important principle. When a driver suddenly goes into a tailspin and is about to crash into a wall, his natural inclination is to stare at the wall ahead. Everything in him wants to stare at all of the distractions. But the key to avoiding crashing into the side wall is to force his eyes to focus on where he needs to go. If he focuses on the wall, that is where he will go. But if he focuses on the track ahead, he will be able to turn his car in that direction.
In your Christian journey, there are going to be a boatload of distractions that would want to pull you away from doing the work God has called you to do. But the key to escaping these distractions is through focusing your eyes on Jesus. When you do this, your path forward will become clear.