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The insidiousness of distractions

Distractions are interesting. Sometimes we seek them out. They may appeal to our sense of independence and adventure. Sometimes they are unexpected. They can illicit frustration and anxiety. Other times they provide the change we think we need, the future we thought we sought, the opportunities we thought we were lacking. Distractions are insidious in that they present as innocuous happenstances. Nothing major. Perhaps a slight detour. Nothing that can damage a life, relationship or future. But any distraction is a gateway to many more distractions. Through the only, the few and the many, your life will change course in unimaginable ways.

Pain is a distraction. Anger is a distraction. Lust and romantic ideals of love are distractions. Perhaps all of life is a distraction. For what purpose are we here anyway? What assignment have we been tasked with? Few of us can definitively state what we believe the purpose of our life is. Yet even those few will be distracted to the point of neglecting whatever they claim their true purpose is.

Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:10-13