For high school seniors, it is the time of year when the consequences of distraction manifest. They are tootling along and suddenly find themselves in the grip of a time vise that crunches tighter with each passing day. Difficult senior classes are ramping up and require lots of study time, extracurricular commitments demand attention and those college applications that seemed to be low priority yesterday are suddenly due within the week. A bit of investigation reveals that these require much more effort than previously thought. Even though I warn kids months beforehand, every year I deal with frantic students trying to produce a quality application with only hours left before a deadline.
How is it, that something as important as the application that could grant them entrance to the college of their dreams is given so little priority?
But to be fair, we adults have to admit that distractions have a way of undermining all of us. Those important things on the distant horizon seem to be of little priority because they are so far away. We will get to it eventually. The unimportant distractions right in front of us demand our time because they are close and personal. It takes a truly disciplined person to act on significant responsibilities first and ignore the interesting little diversions clamoring all around.
Truth be told, we struggle with differentiating between what is genuine and what is counterfeit; what is a worthwhile investment of time and what is a waste of our energy. We choose to sit down when we should be stepping up to the plate; we rush frantically into the fray when we should be retreating in prayer. I’m afraid that most of us tend to go after the good things, and somehow miss the best things.
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