Its interesting how so many things happen in life to distract us.
We need to be mindful and intentional about our purpose in life to achieve anything. The distractions most of the time are very legitimate and seem to worth the attention we give them.
I like to share three different stories in the Bible to bring the point home.
By the way, there is a lot of life lessons in the Bible, lessons applicable to our everyday life. It never cease to amaze me how the stories are as relevant today as they were thousand years ago when they took place. Which makes me wonder why some people think of these precious word of God as a fictional story even when the evidence is all around.
So these stories, you can read up on them if you are not very familiar with them.
The paralyzed man and his friends Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
The woman with twelve years history of bleeding Luke 8:43-48, Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34
Short Zaccheus Luke 19:1-10
The paralyzed man and his friends
There was this paralytic man whose friends heard that Jesus was in town healing the sick. They would love to see there friends healed but there was a crowd between them and what they want. I can imagine the possible complaints and frustrations that could have come from the situation. There frustration could have led to complaining, about how gatherings involving Jesus Christ was never organized, or how he is very selective to whom He pays attention to. This was not the mindset of these friends. They wanted the healing for their friend so desperately they would do anything humanly possible to overcome the obstacles on their way. They did. They went through the roof, they devised an unusual route to get to what they wanted.
There was a need – healing for a friend, an obstacle – the crowd blocking the normal route. The overcoming of the obstacle by doing something about it.
The woman with twelve years history of bleeding
Another story recorded in the Bible was that of the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had tried so many other ways and spent so much money to get healed but none of them worked. She was a desperate woman definitely. As usual a crowd was in the way. However she crawled through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus coat and got her healing.
Different situation, same application. She did not complain, there was no time to complain and be frustrated. She identified what her need was and how she could get it and she went for it.
Zaccheus was a man of influence as recorded in the Bible, an important tax collector. He wanted to get Jesus attention but he was a short man. There again was the crowd standing between him and what he would love to see. To overcome the challenge of the crowd, he climbed on a tree and he not only got want he wanted, he had a special guest at his house. Jesus came to visit.
What are you trying to accomplish, what is standing in your way of accomplishing it? No doubt some of these challenges are real and legitimate but rather than complain or give excuses, start working to overcome them. Your first step to accomplishing your purpose is getting the obstacles out of the way.
The obstacles, don’t complain about them, don’t wish them away, don’t wait for them to go away, go do something about them.