live in such a busy world where there are so many demands placed
upon our lives. And so, I wonder just how many of us live our
lives dancing to the tunes that other people are playing? In other
words, how many of us are influenced by other people, to the point
that we become distracted from doing what we are meant to be doing?
It is easy to get distracted from doing your own work when someone
asks you to do something else. It can happen to us all, whether
in the house, the garden, our work-place or family life. However,
it takes a strong mind to keep to your priorities and not be distracted
by others and their plans. This has been the situation in the
Christian Church from its beginnings.
Following the humiliating death of Jesus on a cross, and the devastation
that it caused His followers, St Paul kept his mind focussed on
the principle message of the Gospel; the resurrection of Jesus.
The Crucifixion and Resurrection are like two sides of a coin.
One without the other, however, is incomplete and ineffective.
St Peter did the same.
After witnessing the death of Jesus, he came to know the Risen
Christ and eventually realised the purpose of God's actions in
Jesus, and said, 'Let us give thanks to the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new
life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a
The early church, even with all the distractions and persecutions,
kept focused on their work, their mission, to tell people about
their risen Lord, who not only died for us but also conquered
death. This is the hope of the Gospel: the message of Easter.
When you encounter someone or something distracting you from your
work it's good to recognise the importance that you place upon
what you are doing. It doesn't mean that you wont help others,
but it has to be balanced with your own priorities.