During the last month I have been fairly unmotivated and have lacked inspiration for my daily duties. I have been behind on laundry, homeschooling, and have found it difficult to plan my dinners. Can we just say, a mess?
Distractions from things that really matter come in all forms. I take responsibility for my uninspired ways and also pinpoint what has caused life to get this way. I have a tendency to carry burdens that are not my direct burdens. When people in my family or close friends experience difficult times, I often find myself wanting to help them “fix” their issues. Although there is nothing wrong with being a good friend, there is a fine line between being a friend and taking on a friend’s personal issues as your own.
Not only have I allowed the people in my life’s issues wear me down a bit, I can honestly say that I have given what’s going on in the media regarding politics and the racial climate here in the United States way too much attention. I did not realize how much time and energy I have been wasting on things that I, single-handedly, cannot change until recently when my husband lied down next to me and said, “You just want to talk about sad things.” Yikes! I instantly felt like a Debbie downer.
Why did I allow myself to get in this state? Why was I almost enjoying being completely distracted from the things that matter most? It’s simple. I forgot to place my trust in the hands of my Father. I could have easily obeyed what His word says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you”. It is so easy to think we, especially women, can do everything and care for everyone, when, in fact, God never created us to be burdened, stressed out, crazy women. He wants us to give our headaches, worries, and fears to Him.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
A passage I love to read when fear of what is going on in the world tries to creep into my mind is Psalm 91. The entire chapter is also a great weapon to use when praying over your family. It is powerful and can help you fight just about anything that comes into your life as a distraction, (i.e. sickness, your safety, fear of the unknown, etc).
Choosing to dwell in distraction like I did can take a toll on your mind. Remind yourself that you were created by God to live a life of more–abundance. We can say no to living in mundane circumstances where we dwell on the negativity that surrounds us daily, or we can grab hold of God’s promises to be with us, to be granted grace, and most importantly, unconditional love.
What will you choose to LIVE for? I choose truth, love, and peace. I choose God over distraction.