Distracted

A few weeks ago I found myself really sick. I had pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. I left the hospital last week and had a few days to recover at home. I spent those few days plastered to my couch and found myself binge-watching a new Netflix series. With my eyes glued to the television, I heard a small voice that said “Hey, haven’t you had enough of this show? Why don’t you come spend some time with Me? I have some things that I’d like to share with you.” I wish I could say that I listened to the quiet voice, that I accepted the invitation to meet God in the middle of my living room, but I didn’t. I’m really ashamed to admit this, but I kept watching the show. I had time to shut the door to my room and meet God intentionally later on in the day, but I wonder if I missed out on something because I chose distraction over the small, still, inviting voice of God.

How many times have I declined an invitation to engage with God because I was distracted by a show or glued to my phone? Probably too many. If you were able to hear Pastor Bryon’s message on Sunday then you most likely left a little convicted. He talked about how in this era with social media being a never-ending time waster, we have become a generation with a new idol, one that people in past times haven’t faced: distraction. Social media and streaming networks are relatively new. Now there are so many studies that have proven just how detrimental these new feats of technology can be for us.

During the fast I had so much time to meet God intentionally because I had so much newfound time from limiting social media and unplugging my TV. I made it a point to spend less time on social media after the fast and it was the best decision. I want nothing more than to be close to God, I want my heart to be tethered to His, I really don’t want to miss another thing He has to say to me, and in order to do that I know that it will require work on my part. I’m going to have to choose Him over Instagram, choose Him over Netflix, and I’m going to have to do that daily.

What if revival lies on the other side of us (being the Church) waking ourselves up. When we’re distracted I believe that we are spiritually asleep. Let’s wake up, let’s choose God over distraction. I’m going to challenge myself to intentionally choose God above the things that pull for my attention. I hope you’ll join me.

by Beatrice Anyanwu

Beatrice was born in Nigeria, but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.