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The Attraction of Distraction

. . . let us throw off everything that hinders . . . and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus . . .
Hebrews 12:1, 2

We’ve all heard people say: “You drive me to distraction,” or, “You drive me up the wall.”
We know what that means - life is crazy sometimes!

So much runs through our busy minds – a maze of paths in many directions! We get distracted . . . a phone call, a letter, a disagreement. What do we do with distraction?

In the Bible, Job and his friends tried to figure things out. They asked, “Why is this happening? It must be because of this . . . or that!

Really there’s nothing to figure out except to realize that our enemy, Satan, wants us to be distracted by our thinking and confusion so that our progress is hindered!

If in a race, a runner knocks over a hurdle and then looks back, he won’t see the next one coming and will take a nasty fall. He must look straight ahead and keep going . . .
So must we!

The Apostle Paul said, One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize . . . (Philippians 3:13,14).

Let us throw aside every weight that hinders and every sin that entangles us, and let us run the race that is set before us, looking away from all that will distract  – to Jesus!
(Hebrews 12:1, 2 AMP)

Father, thank you for the reminder to look away from every distraction and see only You in front of me!


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