What is Getting Your Attention?

Sunday, Bob Bushman one of our brothers, brought the lesson to us. Russell and many others are at camp this week. One of his points was about our need to “keep silent before God”, to “be still.” He mentioned that every eight seconds the scene on a television program will change. I Goggled “Every eight seconds” and found that a baby boomer turns 60, someone dies, and every eight seconds a child is born.

Many things happen every eight seconds!

Something or someone is always vying for our attention. He also illustrated that simply driving down the road of any Main Street USA, there are business, signs and billboards all competing for your attention and for your dollars. Each one is selling something that “we just can’t live without”, each one claiming to be better than the other, each one trying to get our interest, get us excited or gain our  enthusiasm. Satan surely loves it when we are so easily distracted by things of the world and spend more time pursuing worldly things than spending quite time with God and learning more of his will for our lives.

I found all of this to be painfully true, at least for me. Just recently I was having a conversation with my friend Karla; we were discussing our short attention spans, and I told her that when I was a child they didn’t have diagnoses for children or adults for ADD or ADHD. I don’t recall having a short attention span when I was younger, yet I have noticed it about myself in the last few years and I don’t like it. We both wondered if we could possibly have ADD.

I am very easily distracted, whether I am reading, watching television, even when I’m praying. The last one disturbs me very much. I can’t tell you how often I apologize to God and ask for forgiveness when I’ve been praying, because suddenly I realize my mind has wandered completely off track.

I have wondered if my wandering mind developed through my survival skills of learning to block out the painful things which occurred in my younger years, or perhaps my problem is that I have not “befriend faithfulness” or am not “delighting” myself “in the Lord,” nor “committing” all my ways to him. Perhaps there is only one set of footprints in the sand….I’m really not sure. I am working on it-prayerfully and diligently.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Ps 37:3-6 ESV

 But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. Hab 2:20 NIV

Do you struggle with this?

 

4 comments for “What is Getting Your Attention?

  1. jel
    July 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    hope ya have a good weekend
    stay cool 😉

  2. July 15, 2010 at 12:10 am

    This is one of my biggest struggles! I get so easily sidetracked by everything. I’m like you. I don’t remember being this way when I was younger but the older I get, the worse it seems. I wonder if it’s more the devil than anything else. Thanks for this post. I needed it 🙂

  3. Meowmix
    July 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    So many times, before I begin a study period, I pray to God that He will help me stay focused and retain some of what I read. My mind wanders to the problems of the day or how this applies to somebody else or something that occurred yesterday……….Same thing happens in prayer. I have asked God at those times to help me defeat Satan as he tries to pull me away from concentrating on conversation with my Lord. I understand where you are, and I empathize. Maybe we could start a blog prayer ministry. But, then, we really already have one, don’t we. Hang in there, Janice. You have been an inspiration and encourager to many of us. It was remembering something you said that you do that finally caused me to stop getting out of bed and immediately heading for the computer and telling me I would study and pray “later in the day.” Now, most days, I do it within the first hour I’m up. Thank you, my friend.

    Thank you Judy, you know you are near and dear to my heart. 🙂

  4. PBaker
    July 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Yes, praying for someone or something brings thoughts of problems which leads the mind to situations and before you know it your mind had drifted. I feel that God understands that these are human weaknesses, since he made us this way.

    I expect he does understand, still I can’t help but feel it is also a lack of discipline on my part.

    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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