Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
It is hard to remain focused, isn’t it? Life for many consists of rabbit trails rather than highways. They are always on the move, but not really getting anywhere. The distractions of life dictate their decisions and control their schedules. We make a lot of plans, but get very little done. The phone rings. We need something at the store. We want to check our email. We get caught in the web of the internet following a story, looking up something, blogging, reading other people’s blogs, checking the weather, looking to see if our team are any closer to a championship, or just catching up on the news. The kids need to be dropped off, and then they need to be picked up. Something needs to be cleaned or repaired. A stack of books are begging to be read. Even making lists of things that need to be done is a distraction. The problem is that it all seems important, or at least necessary. Our lives are filled with the urgent, and we have no time for the eternal. We have tended to a million little things and left undone the big things. We have filled the day with things that do not ultimately matter and left undone the things that do matter. We have done what seemed necessary and neglected what was essential. Days turn into months and months into years, and our lives have become trivialized by distractions.
How do we escape this ruthless cycle of distractions which keep us from what life was meant to be? Let me suggest a few things. First: You need to move from pragmatism to passion. Pragmatism is doing something because it gets results or it works — at least in the short run. It is more practical to get your needed rest than it is to get up a little earlier and make time for God. It is more practical to make the expected compromises at work than to take a stand for what is right. It is easier to go along with what everyone else is doing and thinking than to be different and have a biblical mindset. It seems more practical to meet all the demands of a hectic schedule than to eliminate some things.
Pragmatism is doing what works to get you through life with the least resistance. Passion is the craving of a heart that wants to experience the fullness of life no matter what the cost. Pragmatism has little goals that end in a little life. Passion is being committed to a cause that is bigger than yourself and ends in a large life. Passion is a fire in the belly. It means that your life is defined and directed by exalted goals and purposes that have engaged your heart and are directing what you do with your life. It means something is driving you that has captured your will and set it on fire. You are not being pushed around and driven by the world; you will settle for nothing less than God’s best for your life.
That is what Paul is talking about in this chapter. Don’t just settle for what everyone else is doing, but seek God’s will for your life and live it with passion.