We are living in a day and time when we as Christians need to stay focused on God and his purpose for us. We can easily become distracted with all the technology available at our finger tips today. Social media can be great for sharing the Word of God but it can also be a hindrance to us. If we allow it to take time away from our prayer life or our time in the Word then it has become a hindrance to us. Sometimes we can become so consumed with how many likes, shares, and followers we have that we forget the real purpose of our post, to spread the Word of God to others.
Due to this convenience we no longer have to wait or search diligently for any information. All we have to do is ask Google or any other search engine and in a matter of seconds there is your answer. Our minds have now become so accustom to this that our attention span has decreased. If we can’t find something within a couple of seconds we forget about it and move on. I believe this is starting to affect us spiritually as well. Christians of today want what is easy to obtain. We don’t want to search God’s Word or pray and fast for a breakthrough, we want the answer right now. If we don’t get the answer we want in just a few seconds our minds move on to something else. Sometimes when we are trying to focus on God we have fifty other things running through our minds and we are not giving Him our undivided attention. We have allowed ourselves to become ADHD Christians. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. You may be wondering how does this apply to Christians, so allow me to explain.
Attention Deficit – We get so caught up in everything going on around us that we take our eyes off God. Our minds become so consumed with other things that we can’t even concentrate on God when we pray. While praying we begin to think about things like, what are we going to wear today, where we are going to eat lunch, what activities the kids have this afternoon, we need to clean the house, we need to cut the grass and suddenly our prayers become shorter and shorter. Time in the Word becomes less and less because we are so preoccupied with our to do list. We have allowed our minds to take our attention off God and our purpose on this earth. We get anxious and frustrated because God is not answering our prayers fast enough so we decide to take matters into our own hands. We begin to search other places for the answer instead of waiting on God and His timing.
Hyperactivity Disorder – Once our attention is off God then our activities take us away from church, the Word, and prayer. We enlist ourselves or our children in so many activities that there is no family time. We run ourselves to death during the week trying to make it to the ball parks because the kids can’t be late, but can’t even set a clock to attend church on Sunday. We have made activities a priority in our lives and the lives of our children and not God. Families don’t sit around the table and have dinner together anymore much less have family bible study. Why? Because we have become so consumed with activities and keeping ourselves and our children busy that we don’t have time to spend with our families or with God. This teaches our children that God comes behind all of these activities and not first. All the activities in the world are not as important as your child having time with you. In order for your child to feel loved and wanted they need to spend time with you. The same is true for us as Christians. Our time with God is important and in order for us to feel loved and wanted we have to spend time with Him.
Today, if you feel God is distant or you feel God is silent. Check the amount of time you are spending with Him. I have had to do this myself recently because I had allowed all the projects and things I want to do for Christ to take my time away from Christ.
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