28 Mar

Ignore The Distractions

I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding of the real nature of the faith they profess.  Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.  ~ William Wilberforce

I have a routine each morning that I have the 6:30 a.m. Mass at the parish.  I go over a little before 5:00 a.m. to open up the chapel and set up for Mass.  That way I am well out of the way when anyone comes in to pray before Mass.  When I open the church, I walk by the tabernacle.  As I do, I always stop and say, “Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day of life.”

Yesterday morning, I went to the church to open up.  There were many things on my mind as I considered my day:  morning Mass, a doctor’s appointment, a noon funeral, afternoon and evening appointments.  Add to that the things that will be done around the building this week since the teachers and students are away on spring break.

That all equaled up to a lot on my mind.  So much so, that I unlocked the sliding glass doors to the chapel, walked into the back of the chapel, turned on the lights, looked ahead, and saw the tabernacle.  Yes. The same one that I had walked right by as I came through the church to unlock.  The same one that I did not stop by to thank the Lord for another day of life.  The same one I ignored.

I looked up and said, “Dear Lord.  I’m sorry.  I had so much on my mind that, obviously, I had no room left for you.”

That is easy to do.  Way too easy.  When we allow all the things of this world to swirl in our minds, we run the risk of ignoring the Lord.  Are we going to make it through the day without Him?  I do not think so.  Therefore, it would behoove us to make sure that we keep our eyes fixed on Him.

Our lives do go by at a hectic pace.  There may be no controlling that.  What we can control, however, is how we measure out that hectic pace and make the time necessary for God.

FAITH ACTION:  Do all that you can to keep the distractions to your faith life cleared away today so that you may focus on your walk with the Lord.