Also from the devotion:
So many many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still and know that I am God. [Psalm 46:10] However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul.
|So how do we manage?|
This part really spoke to me: "A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets stuck on trivial matters" My friends know I get distracted easily. [You're going to have to quit laughing so you can finish reading this post.] Yes, I've had to develop a system to clean house because, in the past, it would be a lengthy process because I would leave the room I was cleaning to put something in another room, get distracted by something in that room, stay in that room and do something completely unrelated to cleaning. (Example: Take something to the living room, see a scrapbook out and, instead of putting the scrapbook away, sit down to look at the scrapbook to finish an hour or more later, because I love reliving the memories.)
More great imagery: "Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me about the matter, your thoughts gain traction and you can move on to more important things."
I wasn't surprised one of the scripture passages for the devotion was Luke 10:39-41. That may sound familiar since I used it a few days ago...it's the story of Mary and Martha. I'm still working on my Mary side!
It's a comfort to know that when I do communicate with God, He will help me be discerning so I can spend more time on the important and less time on the unimportant. "Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My thoughts into your mind." I'm finding more and more that when I keep an open and honest dialogue going with God, He directs my thoughts; sometimes giving me a better solution or a different approach to a problem. This definitely helps me concentrate more on the important things in life.