Even though she had on sunglasses, it was obvious that the woman driving in front of me kept looking up and down, from the road to something in her hand; from awareness on what was going on in front of her to focus on what she was holding. Every couple of seconds, a small break from operating a machine moving at 40mph to whatever was taking place in her lap.
If there is a sure-fire way to get honked at by yours truly, it’s to be texting and driving.
Though I could rant all day about the dangers of texting and driving (knowing full well that there are definitely times where I play the role of the hypocrite with deft ability), there are definite spiritual connotations to what we witness when we see this behavior. And I’m all too guilty of this kind of lack of focus, even more.
In our lives, our attention is constantly stolen away from where it should constantly be – focused on the person of Christ Jesus. Now, I realize that it’s basically impossible to have your mind solely focuses on Jesus 24/7…and that’s not what I’m getting at. What isn’t impossible is making choices and even thoughts that revolve around the Lord. When it comes to our day-to-day, how often we chase rabbits in every facet, versus letting our decisions and thoughts come out of the focus we have on Jesus.
On the road we walk as believers, our constant landmark is Jesus Christ. But, how often, in the world today, are we looking to our next text, Facebook post, or juicy tweet? How often are we actually playing a new game or checking out a fun app, rather than focusing on what lies ahead? How many times do we miss the present moments, because we’re too busy posting tidbits about something that happened in the past?
Isaiah 26.3 tells us “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (ESV)
Our peace is kept by our minds remaining focused on our God. The one in whom we trust holds everything in his hands, including our moment to moment lives.
It’s very easy to lose sight of this truth, as we’re bombarded with so much every single day. Our friends’ baby’s first birthday party highlights to the latest political news out of Washington, global heartache to hilarious memes, constant struggles to great celebrations – all things that can steal our focus away from the one who both sees us through those hardships and gives us great blessings to celebrate.
Put the phone away. Put the distractions where they should be – under the focus you have on Jesus.
Lives depend on it.