I’m guessing you never procrastinate… (which means to put off doing things). Like you never procrastinate cleaning your room, or homework… Bet you didn’t know that one of the most famous people in history was a big procrastinator… Leonardo da Vinci.
Well, I don’t know if I’d call him that, but he was easily distracted. He had so many amazing ideas for inventions and sketches and war machines, that he stopped working on one thing to do the other. He left a lot of things unfinished–he does not have many finished paintings , and his most famous–the Mona Lisa–took 17 years to finish because he would stop work on it to do something else for a while. 17 YEARS!
Being distracted is a bad thing–maybe your mom or dad is distracted by their phone, maybe you’re distracted by TV–the world is easily distracted these days. One person has even said that being able to not be distracted is a major life skill for success. C.S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia books, wrote The Screwtape Letters, where a demon is teaching a younger demon how to keep people away from God. Betcha can’t guess one of his tricks? Yep, distraction. The goal is to make humans say “I spent most of my life in doing neither what I [should have] nor what I liked” meaning–“I wasted a lot of time doing things that weren’t all that fun, but weren’t important either”.
25 Keep your eyes on the path, and look straight ahead. 26 Make sure you are going the right way, and nothing will make you fall. 27 Don’t go to the right or to the left, and you will stay away from evil.
Proverbs 4:25-27 (ERV)
Let’s work on not being easily distracted this week. Make sure and pray about it, and ask for help. It won’t be easy.
Dear Jesus, help me to not be distracted away from important things. Help me keep my eyes on your path for important things, but also help me to enjoy the fun things 100% without being distracted too. Amen.