Eight Seconds

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When will you stop running? When will you stop panting after other gods? But you say, ‘Save your breath. I’m in love with these foreign gods, and I can’t stop loving them now!’ Jeremiah 2:25
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

INSIGHT

I recently read that since the year 2000 the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight. Some research shows that goldfish have a better grasp at focusing than we do. Talk about a great deal of pressure for me as a writer. I really can’t ramble on at the beginning. I’ve got to be short and concise while also being inspiring and challenging. 

Either I wow you with my words right away and grab your attention or.... seven...eight...TIME and I've lost it. A good portion of you have already checked out.

For those select few focus wizards who are still with me, I don't have to tell you that we are largely a distracted bunch.  Being present is a challenge in our day and age. We’re bombarded constantly with distractions and demands for our presence and attention. We live in a fast pace, hyperactive, overstimulated, and always changing world. 

All the bells and whistles and glitz and glamour divert our attention away from what's truly important. We often settle for entertainment and amusement rather than engagement.  Our time is valuable and if someone or something can't capture it immediately, we move on. 

Waiting for anything has become an affront to our value and self-worth.  Everything must take place according to our schedule and according to our ways, which stands at odds with the way God works and how growth happens. Transformation doesn't happen in a hurry. 

We want to rush. God encourages us to be still and present in the moment. We desire the answers right away and for life to make sense instantly. God invites us on a journey of faith. We go a million miles a minute, but find ourselves getting nowhere. God asks us to calm our heart, slow down and pay attention if we want to find our true purpose. 

We search frantically hoping to experience fulfillment and peace. God reminds us that He is all we need. We get distracted by the noise all around us and wonder why we can't hear Him. God whispers I speak in a still small voice because I'm close. He doesn't need to speak any louder. We just have to slow down, be still, tune our ears and listen.

REFLECTION

  • God often speaks in a “still small voice” in our lives to direct us. Where is God quietly trying to get your attention?
  • How can you tune your ears and focus your mind to get the message? 

PRAYER

God, today I want to slow down and pay attention. Help me to push the distractions aside and focus on the things You are stirring within my heart.  Let me be intentional about carving out moments to hear Your voice. Guide my steps. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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