There’s an old story told of a farmer who told his wife that he was going out to harvest the ripe fruit in his field.
He got up early so he could warm up the truck and get a jump on the heat of the day. He needed more fuel, so he went to the store to get it. On the way to the store, he noticed the pigs weren’t fed. So he proceeded to the corn crib, where he found some sacks of feed. Next to the sacks were potatoes that were sprouting the needed to be planted right away. So he started for the potato field, on his way there he passed the woodpile and remembered that his wife wanted wood in the house. As he picked up a few sticks, an ailing chicken passed by. He dropped the wood and picked up the chicken.
When noon arrived, the frustrated farmer had not even gotten to the truck, let alone to the field. By now, it is very hot, and some of the ripest fruit had begun to fall from the plants.
Have you ever intended to do something you knew was very important but found yourself in a similar situation – distracted by many other seemingly important tasks, which kept you from accomplishing your main objective? Life just seems to work out like that some times but when It happens spiritually we’re in for big problems. One of the greatest challenges we face as American Christians is the challenge of distraction. This Sunday we are going to talk about where that comes from and what we can do to maintain focus on those things that are most important in this life.