Friday, August 17, 2012
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
It's after four in the afternoon, Tuesday, and I'm just getting around to penning this post. Yes, it's been a full and busy day, but there have been multiple opportunities to sit down at the computer and get started.
Sitting at the computer . . . That's the problem!
I settle myself in, pull up Word, copy and paste my scripture from Bible Gateway, and . . .
Hmm, maybe I should check my e-mail before getting started. What? Thirty-six new items? Let's see. Trash. Trash. Trash. Oh! Facebook notification. Better check that out. And, two new blogs to read. Only take a few minutes or so . . .
And, off I go! Bouncing around from friends' blogs to my Facebook feed, leaving comments like so many scattered breadcrumbs along my path. Sharing photos and jokes and news links. Before I know it, almost an hour has ebbed away, and I have yet to type one word of my post.
While I love the internet and social networking, too often it causes me to lose focus on the task at hand. I'm distracted, flitting and floating from article to blog like a butterfly, never landing in one spot too long before dashing off to the next attraction. Ooh, shiny!
Yes. I'm convinced web surfing has given me ADD. Seriously!
And, as if I don't have enough distractions from the media with which I already interact, my husband, Danny, signs me up for Twitter! Yet another ooh, shiny to tempt me.
There are days when this Martha sure feels like the one in the Bible. Running around frantically. Putting out fires. Sidetracked by too many things of this world.
When I need to be like her sister, Mary. Sitting at the feet of her Lord. Drinking in His presence. Listening to His voice. Resting in His peace.
Writing for His glory . . .
Are you easily distracted when you get on the internet?
Will you pray with me?
We thank You, Father, for the wonderful friends we have made through social networks. They are such a blessing in our lives. Yet, help us to remember that You should ever and always be our central focus. May we, like Mary, take time each day to sit at Your feet. Amen.
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