Thursday, June 23, 2016

Acuumulation



“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.” –Mark 4:18-19 (The Message)

Stimuli accumulate in Lexi’s brain like drugs. A single distraction gets her excited; a second distraction makes her even more excited. If she sees another dog, she keeps thinking about it even when it’s out of sight. When she later sees the UPS guy, now she’s got him and the first dog on her mind. If next she meets a neighbor on the sidewalk, then she’s got three things agitating her brain. The more distractions there are on a walk, the more excited—overexcited—she gets. She’s overwhelmed, and she becomes less and less able to focus on walking. We humans get overwhelmed, too. One care or worry gets us anxious; a second yearning or longing makes us even more anxious. Then a third thing comes up, and a fourth, and a fifth. The more cares and anxieties there are, the more worried and distracted we get. We become less and less able to focus on walking with God. Lexi does better if I regularly remind her of our purpose: “Let’s walk.” So Christ is always reminding us: “Let’s walk.”

Dear God, Recall me to my purpose when worries and anxieties begin to accumulate and distract me from walking with you. Amen

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