The huge distraction that’s keeping you stuck is media content. Too much mainstream media is dumbing you down and keeping you from personal, spiritual, relational, creative, and professional growth. This distraction is spiritual warfare and makes us lazy.
The fast movement of tech and media is created to keep us locked into programming. Jesus is concerned about our soul, and since He is the captain of it, we should be concerned about it too.
God didn’t create us to be stuck and undisciplined. He created us for progress and success. He gets glory from our forward movement aligned to His will.
In Bible Reasons 25 Bible Verses About Distractions, Fritz Cherry wrote, “Distraction from God is extremely dangerous. As believers we believe that God is the captain of our ship. When you start losing sight of your captain, you start trying to steer your own ship. Not only does this lead to going the wrong way, but it can lead you in the direction of trials, sin, missed opportunities, and missed blessings.”
There is danger found in distraction. Just think back over some seasons in your life where you can count the costs of the non-focus. We are not the captain of our own ship, despite of what a popular quote says.
If we’re distracted how can we ever become what we’re created to be? How can we help others if we are not in position to help? How can we hear the voice of the Lord when we are too busy doing other things?
It’s time to re-prioritize your life! live life on purpose.
These media distractions are crafted carefully by companies (both large and small) as well as the enemy of our soul. Billions are spent on marketing and advertising each year. These companies don’t force us to partake in their entertainment—they just parade them in front of us and we take the bait.
Soulful, we’re consuming way too much content.
There is regular cable TV programming, news, reality shows, talk shows, and an array of other entertainment on all day long. Millions of YouTube videos, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix are devoured too. Let’s not forget the large number of podcasts, radio shows, and music that’s pleasing to the ear.
When working on a project or at the job we’re easily distracted and off exploring Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tick Tock, Snap Chat, and whatever else. If we’re not doing that, we’re looking in our email box at sales, promos, and articles.
Gone are the days when we can simply just watch TV or a movie. Nope, we need to scroll through social feeds, Google stuff, and text people at the same time. That show/movie is no longer good enough. There is so much programming out here to choose from and we get excited as if we’re going to miss out on some of it.
I’m a pretty disciplined person, but at times I can sit on the sofa or in my bed and consume a lot of media on my Youtube app. Before, I know it I’m sucked in watching recommended videos. See, a lot of regular programming on cable isn’t my thing anymore.
I’ve always had a passion for learning in various areas. I enjoy watching things like Bible based content, business, marketing, health, fitness, herbal remedies, beauty, plant-based foods, art, décor, conservative media, and more. Those are my lanes. Even though the areas are not per say bad—they are distractions when I sit there opposed to finishing my assignments and goals.
Even if I do finish my tasks, when I don’t do my best and push myself to do it with excellence, what good is it? I refuse to let this content and technology surge block me into a corner. It’s just not worth it.
In my research, Wikipedia reports that According to a Nielsen report, United States adults are watching five hours and four minutes of television per day on average (35.5 h/week, slightly more than 77 days per year).
Sadly, many professing believers fall into these reported numbers too. This is nearly an equivalent of working a full-time gig. We must do better and get from in front of these dream killers.
There should be nothing more important than God’s will and working with excellence for God’s glory. Yes, sometimes we get off course, feel tired, or don’t want to do the work—God understand this. He also equipped you with all that you need to discipline yourself to handle what you’re assigned to. Certainly you should rest and deal with those days when you are off your game, but when they are over ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to bounce back.
Colossians 3:1-3 NIV says, Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Since we’ve been raised with Christ and are seated in heavenly places too. We think different. We function different. We are hidden in Christ.
Restrict your TV and media time. Set a maximum amount of time you will spend each week consuming content that has nothing to do with your spiritual, personal, and professional growth.
Dedicate daily Bible reading, study, and prayer into your day.
Prioritize God, health, family, relationships, assignments, goals, and projects you have over technology and media.
Soul Note: Make sure you keep the Captain—Jesus Christ first.
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