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Mark Beeson: Distractions

January 31, 2011

Deadly Distractions
We all know what it is to be distracted. There are distractions that can be deadly to your life, to your ministry, deadly to your potential.

You are always going to have critics in your life.
– What you do – they won’t like it.
– How you are doing – they won’t like it.

In Acts 11 – people are unhappy with Peter’s willingness to associate with the uncircumcised. (Critics). You are always going to have critics. Sometimes you are going to find yourself distracted by those critics. Don’t let your critics stop you.

When you stop what you are doing to express anger, you are siphoning energy off of your mission, and taking strength away from what you could and should be doing. Anger can really derail your life, mission, and ministry. Be wise. Proverbs 29 – It’s the fool who gives vent to his anger.

There’s the temptation to be distracted to the point of mission failure if there are people who don’t agree with you, who don’t go along. Not everyone is going to like what you do, nor get on board and do what you do. Don’t wait until everyone is “on board”!

Realize that if you have the resources, the vision and the passion and the dream and the call of God to do something, do it even if everyone isn’t with you.

Don’t set aside your mission because a handful of people decide not to help.

People will leave your team, your mission, your church, will leave you. Don’t let it stop you. Do what God has called you to do. Be who God has called you to be. Stay true to the mission. Stay strong. Stay true.

Discussion Questions:
1. Have you ever had an experience where someone was able to distract you from your mission? What could you do differently next time?
2. Describe a time when anger weakened your mission.
3. Are you currently doing what God called you to be and who He called you to be?

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