Distractions come at us daily from about every angle. The enemy tries to get our eyes off of Jesus and what truly matters, and many times, we let him win. In a world full of distractions of all kinds, it can be so easy to mindlessly bow to temptations. We can forget to seek God first, and put idols in His place while still claiming to be His whole-hearted servants.
Please don’t think I am super experienced and totally perfect in this area. Ha, no way. I have my problems too, the major one being my phone. Before I got a phone I would see all these people on their phones – in public and such – and think it was sad. I heard about people looking at their phones first thing in the morning and thought that was so wrong and that I wouldn’t do that. Well…since getting a phone I’ve become guilty of doing both of those things, and being addicted to my phone.
I’m sure you have struggles like me, whether with your phone or with other distractions. In this post, I want to give you some practical ways to seek God and live for Him, to encourage you as well as me.
strive to set your mind on God first every day & have a daily quiet time
My first tip is, in my opinion, one of the most important ones. For a while I was looking at my phone first thing in the morning, and then spending time with the Father, and it just wasn’t the same as spending time with Him first.
I encourage you to strive to spend time with God first each day. Now, I know that some cannot have a full quiet time in the morning due to work or other responsibilities, and that’s totally fine! However, I still encourage you to at least read a verse or a short passage before going about your day, or even looking at your phone. Take a few minutes to read and think about the passage, and to thank God for a new day.
Strive to set your mind on things above (Colossians 3:2) before you go about your day, and to have a daily quiet time with the Lord, praying and reading the Word. If you can do so in the morning, I highly encourage you to do so. If not, find another time when you can daily have a quiet time. This is such an important and vital part of our lives!
work to daily rid your heart of idols
Idols are not only creepy wooden statues that people bow down to, but anything in our hearts that we place above God. It can be hard to realize you have an idol that needs to be taken care of, and if someone tells you about it, it can hurt and you might deny it.
Although ridding your heart of idols is tough and sometimes painful, it’s something that we all must do. I encourage you to pray daily for the Lord to show you any idols you have in your heart, and for Him to help you seek Him first and get rid of those idols.
1 John 5:21 says it plainly: Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
If you notice an idol in your life, pray and ask God to help you walk in victory from that. Come up with some practical tips to daily overcome it and actually TRY daily to do so, counting on God for strength. When you fail, don’t quit! It takes a while to form a habit and to overcome, but in Jesus you DO have the VICTORY!
evaluate what media you’re looking at and listening to
Oh, the media. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have social media/technology, and sometimes I’m very grateful for it. In a world full of technology, Christians need to be careful and evaluate what we are looking at and listening to.
There are many impure movies, songs, tv shows, blogs, websites, and social media accounts. There are so many images that no one should look at, songs with words no one should hear.
I encourage you evaluate who you follow on social media, who you let follow you, what movies/shows you watch, and what music you listen to. Prayerfully think about all the media that you have in your life.
What we put in will come out, and seeking God first means honoring Him in all areas of our lives. Here are a couple Scriptures on this topic.
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.” // Philippians 4:8 (A great verse to help evaluate and think about what you watch/listen to /read.)
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.” // Colossians 3:2
use your time wisely and for His glory
Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last. –CT Studd
It’s scary but humbling to realize that you and I could die today. However, as Christians, this should not scare us, but motivate us! God’s grace is beautiful and amazing, but He didn’t extend His love to us so that we would sit around and be lazy.
I encourage you to think about how you use your time, and strive to use it for God’s glory. Whatever tasks you have, strive to do them for His glory. Find more ways that you can reach out and make a difference in your community.
Replace bad habits, like being on your phone or watching TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime with doing worthwhile things like helping around the house, working on a craft project, starting a Bible study, or reading a good Christian book! Use the time you’ve been given you grow closer to God and shine His light!
I pray this post has been an encouragement to you to live for the glory of God, and live for Him despite all the distractions in this world. God is our treasure, now and forever, and the only One worth living for. Is what you’re living for worth Jesus’ dying for?
Do you struggle with being distracted? If so, what distracts you? Which of the four points stuck out to you? How will you start pushing back distractions and living whole-heartedly for God?
Caitlyn M. loves the Lord and strives to live for Him. She hopes to encourage and challenge others to live for the Lord through her daily life and writing. She likes writing, reading, making crafts, hand-lettering, and playing her guitar and ukulele. You can check out more of her writing at her blog, Salt and Light.