We're being pulled in so many directions all the time. The battlefield of the mind alone is enough to send your circuits into sensory overload. How many times does your day start off on the right foot and in no time a thousand things are vying for your attention?
Distractions are the number one ploy of the enemy. If he can get us caught up in things that don't matter to God, he has a leg up in controlling our lives. When you think about distractions the "big" things usually come to mind: You had a medical issue arise and need to get care fast. Your family members are in crisis or a friend needs your assistance to get out of a jam. Your car needs immediate attention. Maybe your flight was delayed and you have an unexpected layover or a meeting took way longer than expected. The big distractions are not hard to miss.
But then there are the sneaky distractions, the little things we tend to do, even good things, that are not part of God's plan. How many times do you do something you think will draw you closer to the Father's heart but your actions just fall flat? It may look great on paper but God has something different in mind. Perhaps you're serving on a board or a committee that has nothing to do with the purpose and plan God has for your life but it is filling a need you have to solidify your identity. Maybe you're reading the Bible for hours a day but you're not having any intimate communion with the Father. Can these activities be distractions in your life? Well, yes.
It's easy to get pulled into the world of distractions. Freedom is found when you know the traps and are intentional about avoiding them. God wants 100% of us! He wants all of our time, thoughts, and actions to be directed towards Him. Does that mean you have to sit in prayer 24/7? No. But it does mean having an awareness of His Presence and allowing the Presence to direct everything.
So ask the Father this question: What am I doing (noble or otherwise) that is a distraction in my intimate relationship with You?
His answer may leave you speechless.
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 (Passion)