“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3
We have looked at several things that are used to either distract or discourage us from this very high calling that our Lord has given us. Things that would allure us to come down off of our God-given duties. Have you been able to relate to any of them? I certainly can write all this from experience! It seems daily that many of these things creep up to bring me down.
Today we are going to talk about a couple of specific temptations to distraction that are very prevalent, especially in our technical age.
How many times are we distracted off of our duties and tempted to neglect them because of needing to just make one more phone call. Or just as we were to engage in a heart to heart talk with our children, the phone rings. Have you ever noticed how often that familiar ring will begin right as you sit down to family worship? And it is not uncommon to have a quick call to a friend become a long, engaging conversation. Even calls to “encourage” another sister, can actually be pulling us from our loved ones, if they are made at the wrong time.
I had a friend at one time choose to go on a friend phone fast for a while. She realized that her focus had to be in her home and with her children. I am all about Titus 2, godly mentoring, profitable phone appointments between sisters, but it all must be placed in its proper position so as not to sacrifice the best for a good thing.
But perhaps in our culture is an even bigger temptation to distraction is…
Email, Social Media, and ahem Blogging:
I love to blog. I love the computer. I love getting and writing emails. I have a smart phone and use it often to check my Facebook. But, let’s face it…it is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? These things can be wonderful tools, but can get out of hand quickly. Just one more email. Did someone post something new on Facebook? Did I get any blog comments? Oh, I need to answer that comment quickly. And before I know it, chunks of time have passed by. My dear husband is constantly reminding me that he does not want me neglecting the very thing I am blogging about.
I can be home physically with my children, but not home in my heart.
So how can we help combat these temptations?
~First, we need to pray daily for our priorities to be the priorities the Lord would have for us.
~Consider turning off the phone, or using an answering machine to screen calls during those critical times of the day, when mommy is most needed.
~Carve out time that you know you will have to do these things. In my home, we have a rest time where if you are not napping, you must be quiet, or outside to give me some down time. I have let that slip and have tried to enforce it again lately. During that time, I can rest if I need to, or more often I will be on the computer, blog, etc. Also, my husband does overtime once or twice a week from home, after the children go to bed. I also have that time to work on this blog or whatever I feel needs doing.
~Ask your husband if he would give you a chunk of time where he can keep the children when he gets home from work for you to have that long, engaging, edifying conversation with another sister in Christ once in awhile.
I am a very social person. I am thankful for things like email and Facebook. And I love blog hopping. But, if it is not controlled we can be as the woman in the scripture whose feet are often abroad without ever stepping foot outside our home.
I am sharing these things because they are constant challenges to me. So, let’s encourage each other to stay up on the wall today! I would love to hear any of your thoughts!
My next post I will seek to wrap up this series in speaking of two last temptations we face that is common to most of us. Stay tuned!
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