Today we begin with a confession. I am that distracted blogger referred to in today’s title. By what have I been distracted? *hears the beep indicating new email and quickly switches tabs to see what it is* It doesn’t seem to take much these days to distract me. We give my dog a hard time because he will get barking over as little as a leaf blowing by, but I’m afraid I’m more like him that I would like to admit. I’m hoping that I am not alone in this trait of distraction.
On the up side, as far as I know no traffic accidents are caused by my distraction. Unlike driving with my cell phone to my ear, there are no immediate effects to my distraction. People don’t get a notice that I have posted anything for several days, no one’s hurt in this story. No one but me that is.
For every day that I go without posting I get less and less inclined to even click on the link to wordpress. I spent most of the weekend on the computer but just left that tab in the corner and ignored it. I began to feel guilty, even about not doing something no one asked me to do, with no deadline except the expectation I have set up for myself.
With Easter two weeks away, I would like to claim that my distractions have been church related; planning and practicing for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and 6 weeks of Easter Sundays. This, at least, would feel justified. No, my distraction has largely been looking at things people have for sale on-line. I don’t need anything, don’t have any intention of buying most of what I see, and yet there I sit skimming through the latest offerings on etsy.com or ebay. It can be mesmerizing!
Whatever our distractions may be, and I’m sure there is huge variation in causes, pulling our attention back to the things that really matter to us; our faith, our families etc. can be a tough one. Everyone else has some idea about what should get your attention. The Pharisees felt that Jesus was giving all his attention to the wrong people. They did all they could to distract him and get him back on their religion and the people at the top. But in the end it was for those of us at the bottom that he suffered humiliation and death, so that we might have eternal life.
Here’s to our efforts against distraction in these last 13 days before Easter!