20 Feb Distractions That Cause Tiredness
Distractions That Cause Tiredness
The very easy thing to tell ourselves when we are feeling tired is: “Probably I’m too busy doing too much, or I don’t have enough rest. Maybe I should cut down on serving and church meetings”. That could be the immediate explanation and solution in a busy and demanding Christian living. But the less thought-of reason could be we are losing focus and distracted as we go about our daily lives. When we are distracted, we could be running around, doing a lot, but at the same time being drained by all the tasks, because we are just going through motion. Losing focus doesn’t help us see the value of things and enjoy what we’re doing. Find out how being undistracted in receiving the Word of God can eventually make us a more attentive person, such that we can be an attentive and focus person in everything we do.
Verses to read:
<Mark 4: 22-25>
- Common phenomenon: Tiredness, not as if in physically tired, but emotionally and mentally malnutrition. (Burnt out, fatigue).
- Distraction being the causality of tiredness.
- Because of distraction, most of the time, we are just laboring rather than enjoying.
- Qns to ask: Is life really getting busier? Or is it because our mind and will is being taken away to [savor, taste and appreciate] the things we constantly need to do? (In short, not enjoying the process).
1. Anyone has ear to hear, let him hear… Consider carefully what you hear.
1) Jesus was talking about “Blessed Ear”.
- Listening to God’s Word: Pass straight through ears Vs Truly listen and seek understanding.
- Understanding of truth will set us free.
- Jesus spoke in Parables, so that understanding can only come through faith and hunger in His word
2) Yet, Satan’s work is always to distract us from the Word of God first.
- When we are not empowered spiritually, challenges in life becomes extra demanding. (Mary Vs Martha example)
3) Yet, we receive grace through the Word, we are refreshed and recharged.
- <Ps 19:7> says: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul”.
2. Word-focused to task-focused
* <Acts 17:26-28>: “…He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each of us. For in him, we live and move and have our being…”.
* <Luke 11:9-10>: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
1) Christian life is an attentive life
- ⟹ The Word will shape us to be an attentive listener, observer, doer (Spirit guided doer in all things).
2) Yet, being focus and non-distracted doesn’t come naturally.
- The world now is exceptionally distracting (social media, information overload, outcome oriented…).
3) A focus, non-distracted living needs to be cultivated and diligently guarded.
- <Ps 25:4>: “Show me your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths”.
① Work on something wholeheartedly, as if for the Lord.
<Col 3:23> Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
② Work on it consistently.
③ Constantly seek breakthroughs.
3. How does a focus mind in the Lord help us overcome tiredness?
1) Helps us learn to make the right choice even when we are physically tired.
- <Gen 25:29-20>: Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”
2) Help us press on with the will of God though we may be physically and emotionally tired.
- <Jn 4:34>: Jesus said, “My food, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”.
- David and his men were in great distress, yet David found strength in the Lord to pursue the enemy <1 Samuel 30:3-4,6,8>.
3) Helps us seek enough rest for the Lord’s work.
- <Php 2:25-30> – Epaphroditus who became so sick and almost die for the work of Christ.