June 6, 2013
Are you distracted? WALK
As I try and reflect on a few more thoughts relating to our propensity for distraction, I’ve come to realize that waiting and listening are important, but there is an additional necessary step as well. The antidote to our busy, distracted lives is not stopping everything…yes, there is a time to listen and wait...but there is also a time to walk.
I have heard it said that walking is the most often used metaphor in scripture describing our journey with Jesus. Not running. Not crawling. Not hopping in a car or van or airplane. Walking. As part of “continuing to work our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12), we need to keep moving. As we walk, God will guide us! He will walk alongside of us. Our lives are not a sprint, but rather much more of a marathon. Let’s encourage each other to keep moving, taking steps, and trusting God to open and close doors of opportunities.
So, if you are struggling to find your focus, get up and walk. If you’re not sure where to start, why not start by doing something good for someone, showing them God’s love in a practical way. I’ve often been challenged by the words of James: “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do, and doesn’t do it, sins!” (4:17) Ask God to give you an opportunity to do something good, and then just do it!
On a personal level, I know that I need to slow down, wait, listen, and walk. It isn’t just one of these, but all of them together. This is not easy to do. It takes a concerted effort to work against busyness (usually with excellent things) and distraction. Let’s walk together. I think we’ll be surprised by what we learn as we walk and by how far we will be able to walk as we journey with Jesus.
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