My friend, may I ask you a question? How many distractions are there in your life? Do they sometimes bring life to a halt as you wonder what you should be doing? Is it perhaps that we invite so many things into our lives, it just becomes difficult to focus on what is really important?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I returned home from the office recently and Holly greeted me with a question at the door. It required me to dig a little deep into the old filing cabinet I keep inside my head. And, I was just beginning to open the drawer when the dogs discovered that I was home from the office. That’s when the barking began. Then the phone rang in my pocket and I was distracted even further. That would be a different drawer. I then looked down at the table and noticed a letter from the State Department of Revenue. That opened a whole bunch of drawers. Suddenly I found myself frozen. I couldn’t focus. I just stood there holding the unopened letter and lots of open drawers.

Life’s distractions can be like that. Sometimes we invite so many things into our lives, it becomes difficult to focus.

Here’s a story: One of the greatest lion tamers and animal trainers of all time was Clyde Beatty. He was a big game hunter who became famous as a lion tamer beginning in the 1930’s and often appeared in films and on television for the next thirty years. Standing only five & a half-foot tall, Beatty had the courage and mastery to go into a cage of 40 snarling lions and tigers with only a whip, a pistol and a chair. The whip and the pistol were used to get an animal’s attention, but many people wonder what good would a chair do against a wild animal? It turns out the chair is the most important of the three tools a lion tamer has at his disposal. The tamer holds the chair by the back and thrusts the legs towards the face of the animal. The cat tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal. It becomes weak and tame because of its divided attention. (Peter Kennedy)

Lions and tigers are not the only creatures affected by this problem. We also tend to become unable to perform our duties when our attention is divided among too many things. Where is your focus? Is it on Jesus Christ? Or, are the multitude of distractions in life keeping your from that focus? When life gets confusing, look away from it for a time and focus your thoughts on God. When you do, He will take shape before the inner eye of your soul and you can attack the distractions rather than be mystified, even frozen by them. Don’t let life’s distractions become your spiritual paralysis.

We pray. Heavenly Father, You are the God of order and priority. The universe hangs on every single molecule that You created, and You manage them all flawlessly. You are never distracted. We, on the other hand, allow so many things into our lives, some big and often many others that are small, that lead to distraction as we try to focus on each and then aren’t able to focus on anything. Forgive us Father when we allow our lives to become so cluttered that the really important things, like worshipping and honoring You, become dulled, even forgotten. Help us Father to push the clutter of this life into drawers and shut them. There’s only one drawer that really counts, and that one is where all of our spiritual blessings are stored. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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