day 2418: Distracted…Everything!
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
We once were in the attention economy but if we were there, then we are running a very high distraction deficit! Look at this stat: “An estimated 177.7 million U.S. adults — or 70.3% of the total population — will regularly use another digital device while watching TV this year, up 5.1% from 2016.”, per eMarketer. That may not seem all that astounding, but consider that just a couple of decades ago there was no other distraction. The impact of this change on advertising acceptance has to be beyond jarring, it must be staggering. The takeaway here is that if we think we can hold someone’s attention for very long, we are mistaken. We might be able to grab it for a moment, but when it leaves the next best defense might be to be sure we are also right there front and center on the second and third screen.
God knew we would come to this age we are in. He made us with the tendency to drift, lose attention and get bored. He knows that we don’t stay focused very long. Is that possibly why we are taught in so many different ways to exercise discipline and to do our best to stay fixed on Him? Our lives are bite-sized moments that one by one we can make the best of for God’s glory. Today, at work, there will be many small amounts of time that we can allow ourselves to fix back on Him, or continue to be distracted away. At the end of today, on the way home, check back in and see how you did. With a little attention to not being distracted, some great things can happen.
Reference: Philippians 4:8 (New Living Translation)
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day 2417: Why Not?
“Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.”
It was the playwright, George Bernard Shaw who said, “Some people see things as they are and ask, “Why?” I see things as they could be and ask, “Why not?” I love this quote because the question of “Why not” is the one that must be asked if we are to grow our businesses and organizations. If we allow ourselves to be satisfied with, “Because”, “Good enough” or “Not now”, then don’t be overly surprised when the competition passes us by.
I often feel that I am the one asking God, “Why”? But the amazing thing is that He is the one who is always asking us, “Why not?” What is our answer to Him today?
Reference: Job 38:3 (New Living Translation)
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day 2416: Procrasti-
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
The New York Times did an article on “Procrastibaking”. Who knew there was such a thing, but there is. There are those who bake instead of doing something else that needs to be done. I don’t do that, but I surely, like everyone, procrastinate when there is something hard to be done. We see it all the time in the workplace, or maybe we don’t see it. There is a form of procrastinating that happens when we look at our To Do List and start with the easy stuff, the routine work, the things that will make us feel temporarily like we have accomplished something, when indeed the hard things, the big things, the complex things, get put off and delayed because we simply “Procrastilisting”
Each day, each week we make our choices on how to spend our time. Throughout the New Testament we are taught that the time and day of God’s return is near and we are not to waste or put off in the deepening of our spiritual journey, the sharing of Him to others and the lifting up of those who are ministering. We can get lackadaisical because we always think there is a tomorrow. But, we can’t procrastinate away tomorrow, it will be here whether we want it to or not.
Reference: Hebrews 10:25 (New Living Testament)
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day 2415: Indefinite Time
“And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.”
I’ve been traveling now for the past 13 days reminding me just how indefinite my own life strength can be. On this trip a venture capitalist who invests in bio-tech talked about the possibility of an indefinite lifespan and how DNA with a little prompting from Immuno-therapy, etc. wants to regenerate to sustain and keep itself thriving and bettering. This conversation also opens up many different thoughts of the future. Just think how our world changes if on average we begin to live past 100 to 110 years of age. If we are searching for the future, we should not ignore the aging who this time around are healthy, vibrant, purchasing and vital.
Okay, there is not an indefinite lifespan or time here on Earth. Yes, it is likely that the younger readers here will live past 100 and might see 110+, but still, even after all those years, life will end. This makes today precious and to not be wasted. God has given us this day and He is looking for us to take this day and making the most of it for His glory. Our time is indefinite. Let’s remember this as we go about doing our best to bring Glory to God in all that we do.
Reference: 2 Peter 3:15 (New Living Translation)
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day 2414: TLTR
“Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.”
“TLTR”. I see it more and more. It means, “Too Long To Read”. Imagine that is the response to an email or a letter being sent. Pretty off-putting, yes? But, don’t be surprised as it is becoming more and more accepted to just tell the sender of a communication that you aren’t going to read it, because you perceive it too long to read. I’ve had it happen to me and it’s not a great feeling. We have to adapt and it’s hard to be given this level of blunt of feedback. Sadly though, we have to accept that all the signals around us are shaping a new generation.
The Bible is long, but only if we look at it that way. For those who live with TLTR as their mantra, sorry, God knew you were coming and divided His Word into the shortest of measures, a verse. A verse today, can change the course of your tomorrow!
Reference: Isaiah 8:20 (New Living Translation)
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