How can I experience one full distraction-free day? Is it possible that, just for one day of my life, I can be so focused on my calling and so in tune with my purpose to block out everything around me?
Well, it depends…
Let me explain.
See, we are BORN to be distracted. If we look back at history, to the first humans, we’ll see that distraction is actually in our DNA.
The history of both distraction-free living and cheating on our calling begins with God’s creation of man that we see in Genesis.
At first, God had Adam totally focused on tasks. Then he brought in Eve to help out and continue to accomplish a purpose.
Nothing was interfering with their calling, and they were living meaningful lives together, sharing closeness with God.
Could you imagine literally having the whole world and everything in it, and your only job was to fill it?
The bible says:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:1, 28 NIV)
Then, within that calling, God gave them a specific venture. God said, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15).
All is good….until DISTRACTION came into the picture.
This original distraction came into the picture and changed us all forever. Because of chapter 3 of Genesis, my entrepreneurship carries a mark from those first 2 humans. They were distracted, they disobeyed (sinned) by eating that apple from the one thing they were forbidden to do.
Ever since all of us have sin inside and we have “the flesh,” which is always wanting to do its own thing and be distracted!
And all of us are now prone to division, resistance to our calling, and distraction from our purpose.
Becoming a Christian Entrepreneur doesn’t eliminate distraction and the tendencies we have to sin and to our own thing. In fact, I think we’re even more distracted because the enemy sees our callings as more powerful!
But being a Godpreneur DOES mean that we can overcome this temptation to be distracted! We have Christ who gave us the Holy Spirit!
The bible says:
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18 NIV)
When I first started thinking about eliminating distractions in my life, I started to think about all the things I need to avoid, the products I need to discontinue, and the people I need to let go of.
But that’s not “living in the spirit.”
As crucial as it is for me to let go of things, I believe it’s more important to walk in the spirit than to waste energy on avoiding distractions.
See, by walking in the spirit, you don’t have room for distraction. It’s putting blinders to everything around you that’s demanding your attention. Walking in the spirit is a total devotion. It’s running a God-First Business.
Godpreneur Rule: Walking in the spirit is the way out of distraction. It’s distraction-free Godpreneurship.