I watched The Legend of Korra last weekend, Episode 5: The Spirit of Competition. Without giving away too many good scenes, there is one where the Korra, Bolin, and Mako a.k.a. The Fire Ferrets have a little trouble in paradise. In their last match, they held unity on the game platform because they had unity outside the platform. However, when distraction entered in, it showed up in the game. They nearly lost.
After the show I began to think. How many times do we as Christians allow the “little foxes” in our lives to distract us from what’s really important? Distract us to the point where we won’t fellowship, help one another, or spend time with the Lord? Sometimes even doing what we call “good works” can distract us from work in the Kingdom of God.
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (NIV)
Although Solomon’s lover may have been referring to something else, we all live in a world where if we don’t watch and pray about these little foxes, they can hinder our relationships with people and with the Lord.
Instead of going on and on what distractions can be theoretically, what are some examples of distractions that can keep our heads out of the game like Korra and her pals?
*Too much busy work: Jobs, schooling, church meetings…
*Addictions: Cravings that demand much of our attention. Whatever those cravings are.
*Familiarity: Spending time only with those we know an dnot fellowshipping with others who need the same family love we have to offer.
*Fear: That emotion God has not given us the spirit of, tends to keep us from what we NEED to do.
*Material Possessions: Those gadgets, technology, and other items that grab our time frequently and not always in wholesome ways.
What are some other distractions in our lives that sneak up on us to keep us from our greatest purpose?