But Are You Easily Distracted?
Guest Writer: Pathfinder
In the last decade or so texting (emailing, tweeting, etc.) has become a real safety hazard on the highways. Traffic safety experts have found that texting while driving impairs a vehicle driver’s ability to focus on the task for operating a car safely more than driving over the legal limit of intoxication. The reason it is so dangerous is that the driver’s attention is distracted from the task at hand too long to make good decisions at the speed required by the ever changing situation of car traveling at highway speeds. And yet, how frequently we see others (if not ourselves) texting while driving. People who would never entertain the thought of driving while intoxicated text and drive oblivious to the danger they create for themselves and others by doing so. Distracted driving is a problem!!
Recently a young friend of mine enlisted in the US Navy. He is now confronting the rigors of “boot camp”, that first 6 – 8 weeks of training that begins the process of turning a civilian into a Navy seaman. When he first arrived at boot camp everything he brought with him was taken from him and shipped home. Gone were his phone, laptop, and “civvies” (military-speak for civilian clothing) right down to his underwear. From that day forward everything he saw and everything he did was controlled by the Navy. His hair was cut in a Navy haircut and his clothing, again right down to his underwear, was Navy issued. From Day One he looked the part even as he learned how to act the part. He could not leave the confines of the training base. In fact, he was a number of weeks into his training before he was even allowed to call home. Clearly, the Navy wanted him to be completely focused with no distraction on becoming a trained Navy seaman.
Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.” (2 Tim. 2:4) The old King James version reads no soldier “entangles himself in the affairs of this life.” Here the old warrior is telling his young “recruit”, Timothy” that being a Christian means that we, like a soldier” have a mission and a commanding officer who oversees that mission. The mission is to join Jesus in saving the world, one person at a time, by declaring the Good News of the truth of the Gospel. But, the battlefield where we serve is full of distractions and entanglements. If we are going to complete our assignment and please our commander-in-chief, King Jesus, we must not become distracted!
How can you know if you are distracted from the mission? Ask yourself these few questions.
“Are the passions of my life for things and activities unrelated to the mission?”
“How much of my time is unrelated to the mission?”
“How much of my resources are used for things unrelated to the mission”
“Looking at your life, would a candid observer see a soldier or a ‘civvie”?
Don’t like the answer you got? Maybe it’s time for you to re-enlist.