I regularly struggle with ADD. For me focusing is a discipline that I always must work at. I guess if I was wrapped up in a cartoon character it would be the dog from the movie Up. About the time I get focused on anything in particular, something else grabs my attention. SQUIRREL! Now what was I talking about? I have learned that constant effort and discipline are my remedies to combat the ADD.
Let me give you a few examples. To keep from chasing rabbits in the pulpit, I write nearly every word I preach into my manuscript. This discipline has helped me so that I come every Sunday completely prepared and focused on where God has led me during the week. With my family I work hard to not allow my ADD to rob them of their time. When we have family time, we have set up rules so that all distractions are removed. On family movie nights cell phones and iPads are off limits. Why, so that our girls are not cheated of my attention.
I think churches often struggle with ADD. How? We quickly lose focus from the main thing, and embrace any number of squirrels that just don’t matter. What’s our main thing? It is Jesus Christ and His gospel alone. If we focus on anything else we have cheated God of our attention and given it to what ever has distracted us.
1 Corinthians 2:2 has weighed on my heart this entire week. “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
There are so many distractions, good things, that fight for the attention of the church. If, though, we turn our attention on what ever good thing instead of God’s best, we shortchange ourselves and settle for less.
I know that this coming Tuesday is weighing on many hearts. Can you do me a favor today? Will you lay aside your worries, your frustration and even your anger? Will you come to meet with Christ’ body and know nothing else but Jesus Christ and him Crucified?