Get Healthy Week 2: When Distractions Become Detractions
It’s so easy to get distracted, isn’t it? We all get momentarily distracted from time to time, but in today’s technologically saturated world, distractions can become a way of life instead of a momentary diversion, resulting in neglected relationships, increased isolation and lack of contentment. In addition, distractions decrease our productivity, skew our priorities and blur our purpose for living. Our “little distractions” become giant detractions to the emotional, spiritual, and relational health we crave. This week we’re focusing on mastering distractions so distractions don’t master us.
Kickstarter question: What is your biggest source of distraction?
1. It’s been said “if the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy”. Think back to your life just five years ago, did you spend as much time on the computer or cell phone then as you do now?
How have you seen the increase in social media, TV (think Netflix, premium channels, etc.) phone apps, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. affect your:
a. Sense of well-being?
c. Time spent talking face-to face with family? With friends?
d. Spiritual life?
2. Studies show the increase in social media use has had a direct bearing on the state of our souls. We’re less healthy emotionally, socially and spiritually than we’ve ever been. One reason lies in the sense of discontentment and resulting jealousy bred by social media, TV and magazines. Read the following verses and note what they say about jealousy and coveting.
a. Exodus 20:17
b. Proverbs 12:12 (NLT)
c. Proverbs 14: 30
d. James 4: 1-3
3. A woman who is envious and jealous of others feels these emotions because she’s coveting someone else’s blessings rather than being grateful for her own. What does God say about the value of contentment?
a. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
b. Hebrews 13:5-6
4. Is there any distraction that is detracting from your emotional and spiritual health by robbing you of contentment and joy? If so, what can you do to master this area so it does not master you?
5. Distractions left unchecked can detract from our connection with God and with others, leaving us feeling isolated, lonely and even depressed. Read the following verses and note the source of joy.
a. Psalm 16:11
b. Psalm 19:8
c. Psalm 94:18-19
d. Psalm 133:1
e. Proverbs 17:21
6. In what ways have you let distractions rob you of healthy, life-giving connection with your spouse, your family or your friends? How have you let distractions rob you of your connection with God?
a. If you gave your spouse, your child or your friend your undivided attention how would your relationship change?
b. If you gave God a few minutes of undivided attention how would your relationship change?
c. Would these relationships be more or less healthy?
7. Distractions left unchecked can prevent us from living out our purpose and calling. How have you seen this to be true in your life?
8. In her opening message, Donna discussed the difference between “impulse living” and “intentional living”. Share one way you will master distractions this week in order to live more intentionally. Share how you hope this change will make you more healthy.