I remember when I was in school and had research papers due, I was like most guys and waited until the last minute to put them together. I also remember that when the pressure was on and the paper was due, I often would find myself wasting a lot of time. I would be distracted by the music on the radio (OK, I should have turned the radio off) or the things happening outside my window, or any number of things.
Distractions are so frustrating.
Eventually, I would get the paper done, but it would always take longer than it should have. If I could have just focused better.
Maybe I was suffering from some form of ADD.
I think our church has a form of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder.) I have my calendar before me, I see the purpose statement of the church on our website. I've preached about vision and moving forward. We've gone multi-site and have a simple format for personal Christian health, yet we seem to be moving so slowly.
The Enemy knows that God's purposes, fulfilled through us, are dangerous for him. We all know that the Enemy attacks Christians and God's church. It's said he prowls like a lion looking for someone to devour. It's real.
So, here we are running forward, on purpose as a church and "BOOM" another distraction comes. So, today it hit me. We're ADD. We, the church, just have a very hard time staying focused. It can be so frustrating.
Our purpose, simply put is to glorify God. Focusing on distractions, even church business and "Christian issues" can keep us from fulfilling our purpose.
The sense of urgency with my research papers would eventually get the best of me and I would get the work done. Maybe that's what we need as a church - the sense of urgency.
Stay focused. Don't be distracted.