I would assume that many of you have been to a basketball game or a football game. Usually when a player is at the free throw line in basketball or preparing to kick the ball for the extra point in football there are people in the stands that are making a lot of noise or waiving their arms wildly to distract him from focusing. Those people are hoping that the distraction will cause them to miss their mark.

How many times have you been distracted from the task at hand because something drew your attention away from the goal you were currently focused on? Too many to count right? Ladies many of us proudly wear the badge of being able to multi-task. And I would agree we are pretty good at it most of the time. But beware distractions are waiting to pull you off course.

This is true of us in our daily walk as Christians. We usually are not even aware that there is someone standing on the sidelines trying to trip us up and get us distracted. Sometimes we have spiritual ADD. Maybe you began to entertain frustration as you are walking through your day.  Oops, distraction has arrived. Or could it be discouragement calls your name and you sit down and entertain that for a while. Could it be financial struggles that pull you off course….oops, another distraction is robbing you again.

The enemy of our success is eager to see us get off course. If he can get us to take our eyes off Jesus and focus on the problems then he has done his job. Proverbs 4:25-27 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

I am not saying that we are going to do everything perfectly but if we will remember to ignore that distraction that is waving at us on the sidelines and stay focused on the goal we will get there a lot sooner. Remember that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

In Hebrews 12:1-2 we read this: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witness to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”

We live in a time that is very challenging. As Christians we face situations like everyone else but we are to be an example to others that because of Jesus we are victorious. We are living, breathing testimonies of how Jesus sustains us, keeps us and gives us peace. We can finish the race if we keep looking at Jesus and not all the junk on the sidelines waiting to trip us up. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”

So, get on your mark, ready, set, go! Run that race and aim for the prize!

Living by the brook,





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