Sometimes, distractions from purpose do not come from outside or external factors; they come from within you. Indeed it is possible to distract yourself from your mission and purpose while you’re busy doing activities around that same purpose. Confused? Don’t be.
Activities can be deceptive. It keeps us busy. It makes us look busy. But a lot of times, we are running around in circles, wearing ourselves out trying to do things that God has already sorted out if only we paid closer attention to our inner communication with God and follow his leading.
Our emotions, thoughts, expectations and desires can be our greatest distractions. Too many times, what we feel and think and expect and want about people, relationships and situations lead us into sometimes frenzied activities, hasty decisions and sometimes we even find ourselves walking in a different direction.
Self distraction can lead to self-doubts, insecurity and apathy. Once apathy sets in, the desire to pursue your purpose dies. That my dears, is another level of spiritual death.
No wonder Paul wrote that: “letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NLT)
At this point, we need to understand that letting our minds roam free can be dangerous. Keep your thoughts aligned with God’s vision for you otherwise you will think yourself out of that purpose without even realizing it.
Check out Colossians 3: 1-3 (NLT)
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
What do you think about? Are you distracting yourself?