Considering all that’s going on in the world today, you may not hear much about the crisis of “distracted living.” Where living in a perpetual state of distraction, you miss out on most of your life because you generally aren’t paying attention, or your attention is so divided, torn in so many directions that you don’t focus on anything. Let’s face it Google is making us stupid, multitasking is draining our souls, and the current generation is leading us into a dark age of bookless, mindless, power browsing. All those e-mails and social media notifications, casual internet browsing, schedules overloaded with meetings and appointments, result in missed dinners, neglected dates, and forgotten birthdays, and the list goes on and on. Embracing the Internet as the hub of our work, play, and commerce has been the intellectual equivalent to adopting fructose as the center of our national diet, and we’ve all become mentally obese. Continue reading “Distracted Living”
Every now and then you cross paths with someone who leaves a lasting impression. This is the story of such a person, this person and I crossed paths and this is his story I hope you enjoy it as much as I d0.
As an adult, I have always thought I was above the law, an outlaw of epic proportions. I romanticized my life; I was counterculture, off the grid, living however I wanted. Then suddenly it happened. Although it was more than 15 years ago, I remember the day as clearly as if it were today. It was an unusually brisk and cloudy overcast September morning. My early morning routine of exercise activities felt different for some reason that morning. It was 5:50am I was already up, as I am everyday at that time completing my indoor exercise routine of push-ups, sit-ups, and various weight lifting activities, after completing activities inside it’s time to go outside for a bit of fresh air besides being outdoors helps to elevate my mood. As I begin to run, a slight breeze was catching the spray from a few nearby sprinklers as I ran by blowing a very cold mist over my face. The early morning traffic seemed unnervingly loud that morning or perhaps I hadn’t been this close to the street in a long time. I hadn’t been outside much without a razor sharp barbed wire fence blocking my view or anyone scrutinizing my every move longer than I cared to remember. I finished my run as usual in 30 minutes right about 6:30, and then I returned for my shower and shave. Continue reading “An Epic Escape”
Do you ever feel as though you’re stuck in a Spiritual rut? You have your quiet times when you read your Bible, you spend time praying and talking with God, you regularly attend church, you talk with other believers, and you even share your faith with others. But despite all that, your life doesn’t change, nor do the lives of those around you. What is the reason for this stagnation? One of the greatest dangers Christians face today is that we become excessively distracted, rushed, and preoccupied until we have no time for anything as a result we will eventually settle when it comes to Christ. Unfortunately, too many believers have fallen into the hurry trap and are now living mediocre Christian lives. Jesus was often busy but was never in a hurry. He never lost the life giving connection with the Father. Continue reading “The Delusion of Mediocrity”