Song of the week
Slumber by Lewis Watson ft. Lucy Rose
Distracted. That’s what I am nowadays.
I try to focus on some work at my desk but… what am I having for dinner? I slap myself back into focus again. Wait… wasn’t I supposed to clean out the fridge yesterday? Dang, I better go get that done. Wait no! I have to finish this today, the fridge can wait. Hold on, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, I wonder what I should get Mom.
FOCUS! I think to myself. I wonder what are the prices of my air tickets now. Wow, it’s gotten really expensive, thank God I bought it at a steal.
Please tell me I’m not alone on this.
That’s, tragically, the essence of being distracted – you don’t really know if you’re distracted or not.
Bring distracted extends further than when I’m working, of course. We’re distracted by the little things in life, things that don’t really mean anything at the end of the day.
I have to admit I’m guilty as charged. And I’ve been trying to correct this. I know I need to cultivate a habit of focusing on God and not the less important stuff like how much I have in my savings account, or whether my house is bigger than my friends’, or if I have the newest edition of the Nike Boost series.
Don’t get me wrong, these things matter (okay, maybe the shoes don’t really matter) depending on individual preferences, but they’re not life or death situations.
But whether I hide the word of the Lord in my heart or the ideas of the secular world is an eternal issue.
I’ve tried to force myself to focus, but sometimes I’m not aware enough to see that I’m distracted.
So, what I’m saying is that to stay focused, we’re going to have to force the question of “What am I looking at right now?”.
Will power alone isn’t enough. A routine is required.
So, here are some small tips and tricks I use to remind myself to focus on God (or when I have to stay focused on something).
Number 1, set an alarm. That’s pretty self explanatory.
Number 2, use the memory palace technique. This is a mnemonic device that helps people memorize large amounts of sequential data quickly. For example, recall the path from your front door to your bedroom and associate every object along that way with a part of that sequence. The difference now is to associate the question of “what am I focusing on?” to an object that you frequently use everyday, say your phone or your watch. I like to use the sky because it’s always there. I can’t forget about it or leave it at home.
A note in your wallet is a nice little way to do it too.
Ultimately, any way to remind you about the question is good enough. It could even be a song.
Trust me when I say you NEED a routine because short bursts of forceful will isn’t enough.
On a separate note, if you want to figure out if something in your life is important, try thinking about it’s impact a month from now, maybe even a year, or perhaps 5 years down the road.
Let me be real here. It’s impossible to solely focus on God especially in this time and age of the slot machine social media platforms. Our devices were designed to make us hooked – crazy colored designs, the infinite dashboard, and the ease of communication.
That’s why it’s important to choose to stick to a routine. And ask God for help. Remember, this verse:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13
You can watch the occasional funny youtube cat video or listen to some Queen, but so long as you don’t worship them, so long as you know you don’t, then you’re going to be okay.
That’s the beauty of it all. We don’t have to always be watching the word of God. We just have to hide the word of God in our hearts, so that the earthly things can’t taint our hearts. Ultimately, it’s our intentions that matter.
God bless you and have a meaningful week!