Has it really only been a week since I’ve had Bella, our six month old black lab?
I know that its true on the calendar
but it seems she has been with my daughters and I
much longer than a week.
Romps and walks
and sweet puppy kisses fill our days.
While on an early morning walk,
I noticed how easily distracted my energetic puppy was.
Everything pulls her attention
but especially butterflies and birds.
Quick movements grab her focus like a magnet to a paper clip.
It’s impossible for her to resist
and then yanking to explore
rather than to do what she is supposed to do.
Curiosity is stronger than call.
Could it be that the same challenge threatens the life in us too?
We hear His Call
and create a plan.
Excitement is high. We know our purpose.
But along the way
something crosses our path
maybe an idea as distracting as a butterfly or bird
and we turn to explore it.
Answer the mail, look at the computer, pick up the phone
and suddenly our plan is forgotten
Hours can easily go by. Sometimes days, weeks and months.
That manuscript I planned to finish;
that project I had started to complete
lies untouched and gathering dust.
Yes, I have some puppy in me. How about you?
Peak Performers written by Charles Garfield
states that those people who become peak performers in life
develop a balance in their lives
between professional and personal,
and vocations and hobbies.
God wants us to have fruitful lives and to succeed.
In order to do that we must discern what the distractions are
that throw us off balance.
We must look for what is choking our growth?
“It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the think of thin things.”Steven R.Covey
Those words of Jesus to Martha “You are worried and anxious about many things. One thing is necessary.” Words that touch my heart and grip my attention.
His Call must grow stronger than our curiosity
as we spend time in the quiet stillness
and listen to His Voice.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15
As we focus on His Way
including our curiosity
and there will be abundant fruit in our lives.
Our world is crammed full with distractions but we must not settle for an unfocused life.
Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25