To say that we live in a busy world is the greatest understatement of the year. Social media, television, the internet, and life in general offers a panoply of distractions that will hinder one from remaining focused on their life’s goal and calling. But luckily, a person does not have to give in to all the distractions. While it is impossible to remove all distractions, it is possible for a person to remain focused with a little work and strategic planning. Here are a few strategies to consider:
1. Schedule times for devotions and reading. Even Jesus needed some downtime (Mark 1:35-38). We schedule appointments with everyone else. Why not schedule a time with God?
2. Unplug frequently. I noticed a huge benefit this past weekend by turning off Facebook. By simply logging off the app, I was not as distracted as I am normally, plus the battery on my tablet did not drain as fast. The same is true with the news. It is okay to unplug. Unplugging will give you time to recoup and will leave you rejuvenated.
3. Realize that you cannot save the world. Not even Jesus saves everyone. Not everyone wants to be saved. Do what you can and leave the results with God.
4. Choose your battles wisely. Upon what hills are you willing to die? Certainly, that answer should only include the most essential doctrines of theology and the most fundamental elements of life. Too often, people are compelled to give their opinion on a particular issue (even if they do not know the issues at hand). Direct your attention to the most important battles. While we are directed to stand for the truth, the apostle Paul teaches that we should “avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning. For you know that such a person has gone astray and is sinning; he is self-condemned” (Titus 3:9-11, CSB).
5. Place theology over politics. I understand completely that politics is important. However, when we place more emphasis on political agendas and presidents over theological ethics and Jesus, we have lost our focus. Politics has its place. But rest assured, if you place your trust in human politicians, you will be disappointed. Trust in Jesus!
Be sure to listen to this week’s Bellator Christi Podcast as Pastor Brian discusses these issues. In addition, Southern Evangelical Seminary is preparing for the 2017 National Conference on Christian Apologetics. Go to conference.ses.edu for details concerning this year’s conference, or call 1-800-77-TRUTH.
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