From time to time I can get really distracted. The most routine things seem to be so interesting, right when I should be doing the needful.
It seems to occur most when I’ve got some deadline to meet, a message to prepare, or writing and putting together a newsletter. I know I have limited time, I have set tasks, and I know what I need to achieve, but distraction sets in.
For instance, I may sit down and open up my laptop. Then it strikes, the sudden urge to check Facebook.
After a few minutes of replying to those “urgent” messages and posts, which weren’t urgent a few minutes ago, I move on to those very pressing email messages. Very important stuff…. not really. Not important at all, they’re just distractions.
After what seems like a few minutes, could actually be an hour or so, I finally get up, go to the kitchen and make a cup of Japanese green tea. As the water boils I think to myself about all I’ve achieved. Utterly deceiving myself.
I know the real task is yet to be completed and that the deadline is looming. Through all the distractions I forget what’s crucial. I overlook what I set out to do initially. I start with a clear goal. I know what I need to get done.
I begin with one thing in mind, but end up doing many others. And I know when I’m being distracted, but I senselessly go ahead and travel off course anyways. Now that’s slack and stupid!
There was a German philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche. You’ve probably heard of him. He said a lot of things that you and I as Christians wouldn’t agree with.I recently read one of his quotes that clung to me, it’s very relevant to our Christian commission. He said this;
The most basic form of human stupidity is forgetting what we are trying to accomplish.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Indeed, that’s me. I can be that guy. Like I said earlier, almost on a daily basis I can get distracted and forget what I’m trying to accomplish.
I wonder though, if there’s a greater undercurrent at play. I wonder if we are all regularly forgetting the most important of tasks?
Jesus disciples were clearly sent out to evangelize, to spread the Gospel and to make Christ like followers. We Christians have that task to achieve. We have been commissioned to accomplish a command. As we all know, Matthew 28:18-20 says:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Since those first disciples were commissioned, the task hasn’t changed. What we are striving to achieve is exactly the same. So my challenge is this – as Christ’s disciples now – have we disregarded what we’re trying to accomplish?
We go about our daily lives and we’re frequently doing good things. We’re building great careers, and adorable families. Many of us are even serving in our local Churches. We give time and money to help others.
But I wonder if we’re leaving the real task, the actual thing we’re meant to be accomplishing, to a select few? I wonder if we’ve subtly left evangelism and sharing of the Gospel to the Pastors and leaders in our Churches?
If you, or I were Nietzsche, we’d call that stupidity at its best, because more often than not, we totally forget what we’re trying to accomplish.
We’d like the world to know the love, forgiveness and grace of our omnipotent redeemer – In order for this to physically manifest we need to stay on track with our mission – We need to intentionally pursue the task at hand.
I dare you, and as I write I’m challenging myself also,shake off the distractions and zoom in on the real game. Let’s take ownership of Christ’s last command and make it our first priority by declaring His goodness wherever we are.
Let’s appreciate that we were once lost, but now we are found because someone took the time to share the gospel with us. Never entertain the allure of distraction, even by good things, especially when the all too important deadline is looming.
We know what we’re out to accomplish, and we know what’s required of us, so let’s get it done!