Posted in bible verses, christian living, Distraction, Faith, godliness

Don’t Follow the World’s Standards

Your actions speak so loud, I can’t hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I wish I was popular” so I find the newest clothing item that all the cool kids are wearing.

“I just want to feel included.” so I start using curse words to fit in with how they talk.

“I wish I was smart enough…good enough…pretty enough.

Everyone wants to feel included when it comes to certain situations. We don’t want to get laughed at, talked about or looked down upon. So we dress differently, we speak differently and go through many different changes in order to fit in.

I’ve been struggling at work lately, trying to fight Satan as he convinces me that I really do want to feel included with the non believers.

I’ve been giving in to this desire every day. I find myself becoming more OF the world rather than just IN the world.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2

This world is such a hot mess. So much evil. So much negativity. It’s become a self absorbed world. A quote I found from Billy Graham really hit home.

As Christians, of course, we must live in the world. We must infiltrate the world with a purpose to help win the world. But we are not to participate in the evils of the world. There are certain things that a Christian must say no to—in politics, in the shop, in the office. We must show that we are citizens of another world, and many times we may suffer misunderstanding and persecution because of it.

Billy Graham.

Once again I feel like I’m focusing too much on what people think and whether or not I’m measuring up to their standards. It shouldn’t be this way. It shouldn’t be me trying to be like others. It should be ME being the person GOD created me to be. I’m trying so hard to fit in when I should be listening to God and remembering that He created me in His own image. He loves me and He longs to have that relationship with me. And here I am, pretending to be someone I really am not.

How are we to spread the love of God to the world when we are distracted by the same world?

Posted in Distraction

Distractions

I don’t know about you but I get distracted easily. (ADHD doesn’t really help either.) I struggle with praying because my mind is going a million miles a second and I can’t seem to focus long enough to reign the thoughts in.

“Our attention often runs to what’s important to us. So distraction can reveal what we love.”

Jon Bloom

Oh Satan loves that, doesn’t he? He figures if he can get us distracted just enough then we’ll stop doing the thing he hates. Seeing us clinging to the Lord and worshipping Him.

We’re becoming conditioned to distraction, and it’s harming our ability to listen and think carefully, to be still, to pray, and to meditate. Which means it is a spiritual danger, an evil from which we need God’s deliverance

Jon Bloom

(I’m currently struggling with distraction as I write this. Send help! 🙂

But in all seriousness, distraction is definitely a tool of Satan’s. If he sees any kind of open window you can best be sure he’s going to sneak on in.

We can’t let him. We can’t let him have the upper hand. As soon as he realizes we’re starting to get distracted he adds fuel to the flame by sending us any and everything to keep us distracted.

A text message. A television show. Facebook. Instagram. You name it and Satan will use it.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.