How easy is it to get distracted from our main purpose in life? For the Christian, quite often what sidetracks us is not the “bad things” of the world, so to speak, but too many good things that crowd out what is really important.

To be an effective servant of the Lord, we have to master the art of saying “no” to commitments that may be good in and of themselves, but steal us away from quiet moments with God, time with our families, and church activities. Sometimes it is a treasured hobby that takes too much of our time; other times it is a pursuit, such as fishing or golf. It could be too many get-togethers with friends.

The Bible says that a true soldier doesn’t “entangle himself with the affairs of this life,” meaning that he isn’t tied down by unnecessary commitments which keep him from the battle at hand. The Christian life is a battle against the forces of darkness for the souls of mankind.

Maybe now is a good time to evaluate your schedule. Are there good things that are keeping you from your responsibilities as a child of God who is both a spouse and parent? These are the sacrifices we have to make if we desire to be all that God intends us to be.

Pray and ask God to reveal things in your life—stumbling blocks to growth that need to be eliminated. Then wisely choose only what will keep you on the path to Christlikeness.

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? — Richard Swenson

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder