Yesterday I read an excellent post by Ann Voskamp, “How to Focus in an Age of Distraction: Make it a Good Summer” and I do encourage you to take the time to read her post. One sentence keeps bouncing around in my brain and will certainly impact my life and the life of my family in the days, months and years to come.
“The virus of distraction — is cured by the art of subtraction.”
Distraction seems to be my middle name lately. Sometimes I wonder if I am developing adult-onset A.D.D. I don’t want to live a distracted life. I don’t want to be constantly saying “Squirrel” in the midst of every conversation. I don’t want to get swept away in the current of the tyranny of the urgent. I don’t want to miss the beauty all around me because I am too preoccupied.
The cure for this disease is to get rid of some junk in my life.
This morning I began to read in Philippians and as I was reading I realized in black and white there were some things I need to get rid of, some things that clutter up my soul.
10 things to Erase from the canvas of my life (the Art of Subtraction)
- Grumbling or complaining – Do all things without grumbling or complaining (OUCH) Philippians 2:14.
- Seeking my own interests – For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ Philippians 2:20
- Thinking about the past – Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God. Philippians 3:13-14
- Promoting my Gains or Accomplishments – Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7
- Being too caught up in my life – Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8
- All Things – For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8
- Anxiousness about anything – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. Philippians 4:6
- Belief that suffering (trials or difficulties) mean that God is upset with me. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but suffer for his sake. Philippians 1:29
- Rivalry or Conceit – Do nothing in rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
- Disagreements – I entreat you Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Phillipians 4:2
Well there you have it!! While getting rid of the junk, I’m going to spend a little more time noticing the beauty all around.
Whatever is true,whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things — Philippians 4:8