Who Has Your Attention?
We wake up every day and are bombarded with things, images, people vying for our attention. Where should we focus? What should be our gaze? How do we engage our everyday lives from a healthy center and know what we should put our attention on?
A new research poll found that many young people are wishing their parents would get off their phones and show them some attention. The kids we are so worried about, the ones being skewed by the raging current of social media, are the ones who are feeling left out because their own parents are more interested in their phones than their own kids.
One young soccer player told her teacher that her mom comes to her soccer games, but she never watches her game, because she is always looking at her phone. The girl wished that one game her mom would just watch her play.
Who has your attention?
Where are you fixing your gaze?
In Luke 10 we find the story of Martha and Mary. Mary has it right.
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[d] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.[e] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
When we begin our posture listening to Jesus, when we let that infuse us and be the center out of which we live our day to day lives, we will be in the right place.
We will be present with our children – not staring at our phones.
We will be present in our work meetings – not distracted by what’s coming next.
We will be present with the everyday people we encounter at the grocery store, the flower shop, the bank and the bus stop.
We will be present with others because we have taken time to be present with the Lord. Our attention will be on the Lord – and the Lord loves His children, so with His strength our attention can be on others.
by KC DiNardo