“But take heed to yourselves, lest you hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.” -Luke 21:34
I think the combination of this warning is so interesting. On one hand, you have the “fun:” drinking and partying. On the other hand, are the concerns of this life. Although these two may be on opposite spectrums, they both have one thing in common: they distract us from focusing on eternity.
A friend recently shared with me that what helps her stay focused on God is to take a step back throughout her day and think eternity. As in, does the worry of this minute really matter in the face of eternity? Usually, the answer is no. Because we work so hard to build some kind of life on this earth – to start a family, design a pretty home, make a career, or just simply pay the bills and survive one day at a time. As we pursue these things though, they weigh us down. And if you disagree with that, try letting go of some of those responsibilities that you spend so much of your brain and time on – the freedom you’ll feel as a result, shows just how much all those responsibilities weigh on us.
As my law school graduation draws near (only 2.5 weeks away!), my life has become all sorts of busy. The stress is enough to make me feel like I’m suffocating most days. So I had to sit down and make a list of the distractions – the things in my life that are distracting me from seeking God first. There were the obvious culprits – entertainment and social media. But there were less subtle ones, like the importance I put on worldly ambitions that were quickly gaining priority over God.