by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday June 26, 2006
Dealing With Distractions
When Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king, his heart was deeply stirred over the Israelites’ plight in
Being in the center of God’s will. When Nehemiah cried out to God about his brothers in
Remembering what the goal is. Nehemiah knew that the Lord’s priority for him was to rebuild the city. God has planned things for us to do, too, and His work is always of great value. We are not to underestimate our part in it, no matter how small it seems to us.
Accomplishing each task. Following every crisis, Nehemiah returned to the task at hand. By remembering the Lord’s goal, we will stay in our God-appointed place, carry out each step, and not get off course.
Accurately identifying our distractions. Those who seek to interrupt our work, divertour attention, or attack us personally are notfrom God. With the Father’s help, Nehemiahrecognized whom to heed and whom to ignore.
For the most part, distractions predominantly originate outside of ourselves. Who or what usually distracts you?
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