Distractions

“Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.” – Cornel West

I must admit, I was not exactly sure of the definition of the word “soulcraft.” As it turns out, it is indeed a word that is acceptably defined as:

soulcraft: An activity that is nourishing to the soul; particularly fulfilling work or other activity. Something that shapes and modifies one’s soul or core being.

My time away from this and other internet related activities got me thinking more deeply on the Father’s command to all of us to simply, “be still and know that I AM God…”

While turning off the television, radio, cellphone, computer etc. go a long way in helping us achieve silence, I believe it’s even more important to learn to tune out the frenetic distractions of our (hyperactive) thoughts. Being still denotes a quietness of the mind.

Can we really know God when even though we’re dwelling in His presence, our thoughts are preoccupied with proving how right we are to those who disagree with us; being “liked” and likeable; being quarrelsome and disagreeable; being forgotten by the One in whose presence we are; in essence our thoughts are centered on any and everything except on Him.

As the Psalmist illustrates:

“ Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,…Though the nations rage and kingdoms are moved…”

When we dwell in the presence of Almighty God in stillness, and in submission to His authority as God, we will discover and know that He is God.

We will also, like the prophet Isaiah will have the assurance that our salvation [safety] is found only in repentance and in rest; and in quietness and trust is where we will find strength.

God be praised!

 

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3 thoughts on “Distractions”

  1. Distractions aren’t the end of the world. They could be the Holy Spirit getting my attention to pray for myself or others. Jeff

    1. Hi Friend,
      thanks for sharing your perspective on this.
      I admit, though different from what I imagined a distractor to be, it is valid in the context that you’ve chosen to use it.
      [Lately, a friend kept coming to mind, and based on the lessons I’ve learnt from others, I would sometimes take it as the Holy Spirit trying to get me to pray or intercede for that person… so, I do get what you mean by this.]

      A Blessed Day to you!

      1. Thanks. I do understand how distractions can be, well, distractions and not encouragement to pray. That’s when I cry out for mercy.

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