Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
In my last post regarding RCIA, I mentioned our assignment was to answer the question: “What distracts us from Christ?”
I didn’t jump on this assignment right away. I wanted to sit back and watch daily life a little and REALLY pay attention to what some of my distractions, and those of people I know, are. We didn’t get to review the distractions this past week because we ran out of time, but here’s a small list of what I feel the distractions are:
- Internet/Socia Media
Most of them are self-explanatory; the two that might be a little hard to grasp at first are:
- Ourselves &
Ourselves: We are our own distraction from Christ. We have our own personal wants and desires and sometimes that means being so self-absorbed in thought that we don’t take into consideration our actions and thoughts that don’t include Christ. Take for instance you are in a hurry to go somewhere for whatever reason and you either get stuck in traffic or someone is driving slow in front of you. What would some of your thoughts and/or actions be? I am so guilty of this myself but I can imagine, if you’re like me you’re deeply and loudly sighing, maybe cursing, throwing hands in the air etc etc. Instead of being content with where God has you right at that moment, you are thinking about how late you are running and everything that goes along with that. Case-in-point one rainy day I had to pick my son up from school, and afterward, I had to run to the grocery store to get a rotisserie chicken because I had to make an early dinner bc hubs had to go to work. WELL, they dismiss at 3pm, this day they didn’t dismiss until 3:09. Here I am standing in the pouring rain wonder what the F*@#% is going on! Where are they! I have to get dinner ready! AAAAAHHHHH!!! I didn’t say these things out loud, but I wanted to! I noticed that while walking to the car I was snippy with my son, I shouldn’t have been as it wasn’t his fault I was reacting to this change in plans the way I was, so I tried to calm myself to no avail. I hit so much unnecessary traffic going to the grocery store and people driving 15 miles UNDER the speed limit I lost my shit. I was yelling at everything, I was snapping at the kid, and for absolutely NO reason at all other than the fact that I wasn’t keeping myself Christ-focused. If I WAS Christ-focused I would have noticed immediately that if I left at exactly 3pm for the store the chickens wouldn’t have been ready yet as they take them out at 3 and they have to be packaged and put under the heat lamps. They were JUST putting them out when I got there. I immediately saw how my actions were WAY off base. I apologized to my son for the way I was acting, and to never act like me because I’m embarrassed. He, of course, forgave me, but the mom-guilt was heavy for the rest of the night. Bottom line is we ate dinner as a family on time and he got to work without rushing.
Church: I know a few people that are heavily involved with their parishes. So much so that it consumes them and their time. While I agree people should volunteer and be a part of their parishes, this can also become so much in one’s life that they don’t really pay attention to Christ and his teachings. Instead, they neglect either themselves or their families or other obligations. Just because it’s with the Church doesn’t mean it’s ok to have it consume us. The quote “Everything in moderation” rings a bell with me regarding this.
I found myself becoming this very person back when I felt THE PULL. I was reading the Bible, going to Mass, reading and listening to everything I could ALL OF THE TIME. My family was being left behind. I had to moderate or I was going to be too far gone into this new life that’s calling me that my family life was going to take a serious hit.
The rest of them are very self-explanatory. From TV to social media, from jobs to hobbies, from friends to relationships and then some they all take up our time, and none of them are focused around Christ at all… Our job is to make sure we “drink in moderation”. Keep Him front and center in all of the things we do (and don’t do) to keep it all balanced. It’s hard, and I fall CONSTANTLY, but I’m trying. I fall and I brush myself off and keep on trying, one day I’ll hopefully get it right.
So tell me! Besides what I mentioned, what are some other things that might be a distraction from Christ? Please tell me in the comments! I would love to hear your point of view!