to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.Ephesians 4:22–24
In New Zealand scientists from Duke University studied 1,000 children for eight years, measuring their ability to pay attention and to ignore distractions. 24 years later they took a look at those now 32-year-old subjects to see how well they did in life. What they discovered might surprise you, but the kids who had the ability to concentrate were the most successful of the group. (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)
“But I’m good at multi-tasking,” you say. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, would disagree, in fact, what he says you are doing when you multi-task is really more like continuous partial attention, giving only a small segmented amount of time to the task at hand, thus never giving your full attention to anyone or anything.
But letting go of distraction and keeping the main thing the main thing is the recipe for success, and not just financial success but spiritual success as well. Fasting has been a spiritual discipline for the life of faith since the beginning of time. Fasting demonstrates to ourselves that we are not the great provider; that’s our Heavenly Father’s job. In fasting from those things we crave, we are more able to concentrate on the main thing, on the Lord our God. If we want to be faithful we have to start getting rid of the clutter of too many affections and faithfully fasting is one way to do that. When we fast we tell our appetites who’s the boss, and it ain’t Angela or Tony, but the Spirit living inside of us.
Questions to ponder
What thing or appetite in your life are you afraid to give up? Why?
What vacancy do you need to create in your life to make more room for time spent with God?
Make today (and tomorrow) the next day you spend more time thinking about how God is your “boss;” that He can be trusted with your life!