Thought for the Day – Luke 13:32-33 on Distractions

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! – Luke 13:32-33 (NIV)

Are you easily distracted? By definition, a distraction is something that takes you away from what you intended to do. Our world is filled with sources of distraction, all vying for your attention. Advertisers and merchants want us to heed their latest offers. Entertainment devices — televisions, computers, iPods, and the like — relentlessly dispense sensory fodder. We cannot escape them. We even take them with us on our mobile phones.

Yet, as pervasive as those distractions are, a more insidious form lurks about — the distraction of comfort. Face it, we all want to be carefree, pain-free and work-free. When the pursuit of comfort, however, trumps the pursuit of a more worthy goal, it’s a distraction. Jesus had friends, even among the Pharisees, who offered some distracting advice. “Flee to safety, your life is in danger” (Luke 13:31), they told Him. But even a threat to His life would not distract Jesus from His most worthy goal. “I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day,” He replied. The next time you find yourself tempted to distraction by devices or detractors, make it your resolve to keep going today and tomorrow and the next day.

Your thoughts? What are some of the most common forms of distractions in your life?

2 thoughts on “Thought for the Day – Luke 13:32-33 on Distractions

  1. Good word, Dad. Distractions are the Enemy’s chief way of keeping us from God’s best for our lives. Takes work to avoid caving in, but the reward is going to be sooooo worth it!

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