Undistracted devotion

April 19, 2024

I say this for your own benefit,
not to put a restraint on you,
but to promote what is appropriate
and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.

~1 Corinthians 7:35

Dear Church Family,

Earlier this week I had an appointment with the ENT. As I was filling out the paperwork, one of
the questions on the form asked if I had ringing in my ears. Why yes, I do! And I have had for
many years. But actually, I don’t think about it much.

I know many people have ringing in their ears, and there isn’t much we can do about it. But
thinking back to when it first began, it was all I could think about. It was incredibly frustrating,
and interfered with conversation, sleep and concentration.

But somewhere along the way, I have just normalized the ringing. There are times when it is still
frustrating, but not all the time. It was sort of gradual the way I adjusted. It slowly became my
new normal.

As I was thinking about the incessant ringing in my ears this week, and how I’ve made such a
distraction a new normal in my life, I started to consider what other distractions that I have
simply adjusted to rather than removing them.

There are things that pull my attention throughout the day that really should just be removed.
These are things that we tend to ignore such as the pain in my neck or the clicking sound in my
car. Just taking care of those things now will help me to stay focused rather than continuing to
waste energy on them. Of course, some distractions, such as my ears ringing, we need to
normalize if we are going to function. But there are some distractions that should be removed if
possible.

What unnecessary distractions do you have in your life? We are called to “undistracted devotion
to the Lord.” Sometimes there are distractions that we can easily remove that will make a
difference in our discipleship. Take time to inventory the things that distract you. Don’t let
distractedness become a new normal!

May your devotion to the LORD be without distraction.

You are loved, you are cherished, you are a child of God.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Caroline