Stay alert, stay sober!

What’s that thing that takes up most of your time, attention and energy? Let’s be real, we all know it’s that small thing called social media; facebook, Instagram, twitter. Then there’s the TV, Netflix, and all the other shows recorded on the PVR; patiently waiting for you to come and view. I swear those are the very things that are drifting our generation away from building relationships with others, and putting more time into the very things that matter (i.e: your family, spouse, child(ren), parents, friends-and most importantly your spiritual growth with Christ.

I saw a meme just a few days ago and thought well isn’t that the truth, “You say you don’t have enough time to pray and read your bible- the lie detector said that was a lie; cuz you just spent 10 hours on Netflix “- (and just for the record I don’t have Netflix).

My concern is, how did we become complacent to the point that we fail to recognize that these ‘small details’ in life are slowly wrecking us, in every way. We stay up all night but can’t get up cuz our minds are tired and our bodies are restless, all because we give in to the very thing that’s sucking the life out of us. Simply put, we’ve given up our freedom to live, by becoming slaves to the product of our distractions. We are so consumed with what’s happening around us (which are not even about the things that truly matter either). Interestingly, the enemy has us exactly where he wants us. We are occupied with foolishness, so that we miss the mark of the higher calling. Don’t let the noise of the world distract you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

As a believer I think it’s time for a heart cleanse/detox. In other words a serious fast –be it from food, or media itself etc. Not only will it clarify your mind but it’s worth it especially for your spiritual wellbeing… and having done it myself; let me tell you it does wonders! Researchers have stated that anything you do for twenty one days essentially forms a habit. So I encourage you to try 21 days of starving the flesh from the very thing that distracts your attention away from the LORD. In doing this, spend more time in His presence by feeding your spirit with the word, prayer and worship. Meditate on His precepts and fix your eyes on His ways (Psalm 119:15). Cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, by bringing it into captivity and obedience to Christ ( 2 Corinthians 10:5). Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable for your actions and keep you in check. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and go out for a coffee and catch up on life. Try to simply live your life by making time to unwind in ways you normally wouldn’t. You will be shocked at how much you will begin to see the needs of those around you, and how truly broken people around you are. When we are no longer distracted with meaningless things, we become available, and are able to extend our hands to those who need us within our circle and beyond. Time is too precious to be wasted (after all, it’s the one thing you cannot make up for). But you will be held accountable for everything you’ve been given-especially your time! Make no room for distractions; don’t get caught up with whose wearing the latest trends or who has the most likes on a recent photo that was just posted. At the end of the day WHO CARES?! None of that matters, in light of eternity. Make your life count for what is actually important.

STAY ALERT- the bible says “The enemy is prowling around like a roaring lion waiting for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Sadly, many believers are becoming a victim to his schemes and it’s time to WAKE UP! Therefore, keep your eyes focused on the prize which is Christ Jesus; when you do, you will no longer waste your life but rather live with purpose, passion and a destiny you never even dreamed of. BE VIGILENT! Having said that, remember to get back to the basics… the words of the Master Himself- “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven “ (Matt 5:16). Are you doing the Father’s work or are you too distracted that you’re spiritually asleep? Don’t get so caught up in how everyone is living their life that you lose sight of how to live the way Christ intended you to live. Make your life count by shining brightly for Jesus!

~ Jasmin Edward-Sribavan

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