Friday, March 06, 2015

Distraction and our Eternal Purpose

With all the distractions of the modern age in mind, J. Ellsworth Kalas writes, “It’s as if some evil genie has decided to drive us mad by spreading before us more than we want, more than we can imagine, certainly more than we can contain, and then cursed us with an inability to really enjoy any of it because we won’t focus long enough on any one thing to savor its flavor” (Preaching in an Age of Distraction, page 31).

And why does this matter? “Well, it matters if you and I matter. If we see ourselves simply as grazing animals, moving from one excitement to another the way the beast moves from one tuft of grass to the next, then I suspect it doesn’t matter. But if we see ourselves as creatures of purpose—and indeed, if we see ourselves as God sees us, as creatures with an eternal purpose—then it matters profoundly” (page 31).

Amen. Why not take some time to reflect on Kalas’s words, search your heart before the Lord, and commit yourself to enjoying the greatest things of life by taking more time to reflect on Christ? Kalas has helped me much in this regard, I trust he’ll help you as well. 

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