The devil is not far away when you are too busy to pray. This sentiment also applies to one who is too busy to gather with the saints or who enjoys the company of those who do not belong to the Lord more than with those who do. The reason for this is in relation to that with which one is comfortable. “I’ll be fine…” “I don’t need…” “You’re too judgmental…” and other walls of excuses are put up, as Satan encourages them to be put up. RT
There is much wrong with this article in particulars, but its main point is powerful. Also, excuse the two adapted paintings.
“If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation. Christian leaders seem to think that they need more distraction to counter the distraction. Their services have degenerated into emotional spasms, their spaces drowned with light and noise and locked shut throughout the day, when their darkness and silence might actually draw those whose minds and souls have grown web-weary.”
Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours
The older I get, the more I realize the less time I have on earth, and thus, the more I realize how precious time is: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/02/11/appreciating-the-value-of-time/. Once time is gone, it can never be reclaimed. Do I waste time? Not that I know of. I’m always busy taking care of my wife, working in the yard, paying bills, grocery shopping, preparing daily meals, studying the Bible, writing articles, reading good books and publications produced by faithful proclaimers of God’s word, preaching and teaching. Doing all of this plus working as a library substitute for our local school district, keeps me plenty busy – never have time to be bored, that’s for certain.
I do watch the news and weather on television, plus two weekly shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Don’t know if that’s wasted time or not, because both shows motivate me to use my mind in figuring out the plots.
Don’t know that I ever get bored, but I do get impatient, which is probably as bad or worse than boredom. That’s why I hate lines.
Whether it’s a streak of that American practicality that wants to get it done and over with and then move on to the next thing, or a personality fault of always looking forward to the next project or possibility, I can get disquiet over what is, already wanting what can be.
I have too many ideas and projects to get bored. I should probably try more boredom, that way I’d have fewer sticks in the fire. Or fingers in the pie. Or whatever the phrase is. 🙂
My attitude suffers sorely when I am consumed with unending errands and I cannot get any work done. This has been a week of those type days. I get frustrated and my attitude deteriorates. I need to find a way to overcome this and compartmentalize my life so I have more time to do what is important.