They take our mind off of
God, they are distractions from who we are and what we are called to be.
Maybe we feel like we have been given the short end of the stick or that we
have too heavy a burden to carry. What ever the situation, these
elements of life are referred to as sin.
Hear the Good News, when
we seek Jesus, we are seeing an end to the distractions that separate
us from God. Last
night I was asked if "man" was inherently evil(seek to harm others,
morally wrong). I said no, and followed with the idea that man is
inherently sinful. By this, I feel, it is our nature to seek our own
survival, and our own care. However when Christ becomes a part of our
life, we lose those selfish tendencies and seek to live with one another in
love, peace and harmony. Jesus, as he entered the wilderness, after
His baptism, faced the temptations we face daily , in one shape or
another. It is my hope that as we seek Christ out, lay aside any
distractions and seek God's will for our life. You know, I would entertain
the idea that maybe the paralyzed man(in the above passage) who was brought to
Jesus spent an awful lot of time angry at God for what had happened to him.
Further, I would think he had to lay aside that very anger and doubt in order
to make it to Christ.
comes in so many directions, home, work, even walking with the general
public, there are in fact times when my selfish nature is a distraction.
Moreover, even my attempts at graciousness are brushed aside, which cause me
to lose sight of why I was gracious in the first place. Thank You
for not being like me. You love
me, even when I am a real pill. Please help me to lay aside those
distractions in my life that I might be able to focus on you, and in turn
others, that we all might know of your healing grace.
We approach a time of the year that is about healing, prayer, repentance
and reconciliation. I approach You asking for growth in all of these
You for all You have done in my
life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.