So I hit a yellow camaro tonight. A brand new beautiful banana yellow Camaro. While it was parked in a parking lot. Not even moving. I backed into it and dented it. Not a lot, but enough. The prettiest, shiniest car in the parking lot. And I had four kids in my van. Obviously I called Paul, nearly in tears, because I had no idea what to do.
There was no way to know who owned the car, so I just left note under the windshield wiper to apologize and give the owner my name and number. He called.
Would you believe he just bought the car today? He's a used car dealer and bought it on auction today. Seriously. So apparently it's used, but not very. It looks brand spanking new. And I hit it.
It's an annoying, irritating, frustrating, maddening distraction. A distraction from being able to focus on and put my energy toward the things that actually matter. Now I'll have to devote time and attention and I am guessing money to insurance phone calls and paperwork and annoyances.
And it happened because I was distracted. Aren't we all? My distraction while backing out of my parking spot had been in regards to the girl drama in the back seat. But that's no excuse. I should know better than to let myself get distracted.
Everyone's distracted by something. And in our distraction, we allow annoying things to happen that distract us even more.
I also have three cavities. Are you kidding me? I'm the girl that brushes her teeth three times a day and drinks soda only occasionally. I'm the girl that brushes her teeth in the middle of the night when I wake up to go to the bathroom...I cannot go back to sleep without brushing my teeth again. Sure I drink a ton of coffee, but the dentist assured me that my straight-up black coffee wasn't hurting my teeth. In fact, they always compliment me on how white my teeth are, especially for a coffee drinker. I brush my teeth more often than my husband and drink way less soda than him, yet his teeth are always perfect and I apparently am prone to cavities. Seriously?
What an annoying distraction to my summer days. Later this month, TWICE, I need to go in again to the dentist to have my cavities filled. An annoying distraction to my precious and finite summer moments with my kiddos. I just outlawed the phrase, "It's not fair!" from our household, but this is seriously not fair.
But do you know why it happened? Because I'm too distracted by other things to floss. Usually my desire to sleep or shower or eat breakfast overpowers my desire to floss, and now those distractions have caused a much more annoying distraction.
And although I know that this foolish fender bender and these annoying cavities are nothing to sweat about, it's still frustrating. And expensive. And it's life and it happens to everyone. And I'm not concerned about these trite occurrences themselves, but I do get rightly concerned about all the little things that distract me from the big things.
Because there really are big things that matter a lot. And we live in a world that is constantly distracting us. As I'm typing this, as God would have it, Hillsong is singing on my pandora station, "Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I am for Your Kingdom's cause, as I walk from earth into eternity (Hillsong, "Hosanna").
It's hard to have our hearts appropriately broken for the things that break the heart God when we are so distracted by the distractions all around us that are constantly vying for our attention. Silly little trite frivolous things that take our time and our energy - sometimes because we choose to give attention to them (like me and facebook), sometimes because we just have to get earthly chores done, and sometimes because our own state of being distracted leads to mistakes that in turn cause more distraction.
And as the snowball effect rolls on, we find ourselves so wrapped up in the distractions of life that our hearts are no longer centered on the big things. The things of God. Loving him. Loving others. Serving him. Serving others. This is what matters. And yet it's what often goes by the wayside as distractions fill our days. And then we find ourselves not focusing on His kingdom's cause, but on our own causes.
So what's distracting you? What's clouding your way and causing you to lose focus? Disappointments? Failures? Successes? Money? Or lack thereof? Debt? Facebook? iPhones? Laundry? The scale? Relationships? TV? Cavities? Fender benders?
Join the club because we're all distracted. But we need to encourage each other, in grace, to let go of the distractions and regain focus on the things that really matter.
Because there's so much more at stake here other than cavities and yellow camaros.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross...Hebrew 12:2