Are You Distracted?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

At Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University, researchers are busy testing desk toys to determine if they can help keep office workers mentally sharp. The goal is to see what particular gadgets effectively relieve stress and mental fatigue. Simple movements like clicking a retractable pen, running sand through your fingers, and playing with a Slinky have been shown to get the creative juices flowing again.

The Bible has much to say about distractions and the importance of taking every thought captive. Writing to the church in Colossi, Paul reminds believers that we must not fall prey to the danger of distraction but, “Set your minds on the things above, not on earthly things.” The verb at the front of this verse is an imperative, calling every Christian to take responsibility for their thoughts and to be spiritually minded. We must develop an understanding that is rooted in God’s Word and reflects the character of God.

The next time your mind starts to wander, or you begin to find yourself getting distracted, set your thoughts and affections on that which matters most — the truth of God’s Word! Remember the expression, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste!”