Less Distraction, More of Jesus
“My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.” Psalm 119:25-27
Have you ever felt within you a need to love God more? If you're like me, maybe you recognize the need and begin piling on all the things to fix it. If I just add in this devotional and that Bible study and maybe that reading plan, too, surely it'll cure my heart! But what happens when it doesn't? What happens when you still find your feet dragging behind you like a stubborn child as you study God's Word, or you feel the incessant urge to look at Instagram while your Bible lies before you?
Sometimes, in our search for more of Jesus, we interpret that to mean we must do more. Recently, I looked down to find my own foot caught in this trap. I was doing five Bible studies, reading books about God, praying daily, and meeting weekly with other believers. I was covering all my bases, and yet, I found my heart to be unmoved. "What is wrong with me?" I wondered.
Sometimes less is more. Sometimes it's better to really focus in on one study rather than dispersing parts of our brain between multiple studies. And sometimes we need to evaluate the distractions in life and find ways to minimize them.
Maybe this sounds familiar to you. If so, I encourage you to search your heart and life for the distractions which may be keeping you from the Lord and then lay them aside. Less Netflix, less Instagram, fewer games. These things are not sinful, but if they're distracting us from fixing our eyes on Jesus, they become a hindrance to our spiritual growth. Less distraction is more of Jesus.
Father, we are often prone to allow our souls to wander. Open our eyes to the beauty of your Word. Help us to recognize it as the treasure it is. Help us to love you more as we lay aside the weight of distraction and cling to Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Think of what may be a distraction to you right now and set up boundaries to ensure it will no longer be so.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.