12th March 2014

Don’t Distract Me! 

“Now, the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
Luke 8:14 (NKJV) 

I don’t watch much television these days. Just the news and local news. But then, since our news is so parochial, I do watch one of the international news channels as well. And then there’s the weather. The best one for that is found on a Sunday night, so I do watch that as well. 

But I don’t watch much sport. There’s cricket in the summer, but I don’t watch football like so many do. And I enjoy watching the Tour de France—not to watch the riding but to watch the beautiful passing scenery. And then, of course, there’s the snooker these days. But I don’t watch much else on TV. 

I don’t watch the soaps, or the dramas, although I like a good Sci-Fi film now and again. And then people recommend a film or two; got to watch those. 

But in the end I don’t watch much TV. Mind you, the radio is on most of the time. What would we do without Radio 3 or Classic FM? 

And, you know, when we write things down like this, and add in newspapers, magazines and books, occasional downloads from websites, whether music or text, and when at last we make an honest appraisal of how we actually use our time, we find we all have an inordinate amount of distractions in this day and age which take up tons of our time. It’s actually a wonder we have any time left for God or Godly items—like good old fashioned bible study, or prayer, or even thinking about Christian matters (meditation). 

Jesus warned that there is a class of people who slip away from Christianity by the pressure of life and living. It’s not that they’re hostile, or neglectful. It’s just that life crowds in and distracts us. 

In courses designed to help increase office efficiency, they used to show us a film by John Cleese. We used to laugh at it. He advocated locking yourself in your office for half an hour each day. Take the phones off the hook, tell your secretary you’re not to be interrupted, and then sit and think. Just think. Work things around in the old brain box. 

Who has time for that? But we have to make time for the occasional TV programme, don’t we? But then, we don’t watch much TV these days, do we? 

Holy Father, there are so many things in this life which claim our time. Many are legitimate (we have to work to live), but help us to come to realise, merciful Father, that it is so easy to be distracted from the Christian way into time-wasting activities. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


johnstettafordAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, 6th Form Common Room
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

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Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone:  01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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One Response to “12th March 2014”

  1. Ian Woodley on March 13th, 2014 9:34 pm

    Hello John
    I chuckled while reading your article – recognising all the distractions I allow myself which squeeze out time for prayer and study. Well said!
    Kind Regards

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