Dealing with Distractions


The other day my son asks to download a new game on my phone. I cringe a bit, because it is my phone and they are always asking to play on it. But, I give in.

Delighted, he downloads a new game called, Tiny Monsters, and runs off to play.

But, the tiny monster that he becomes over the next few days surprises me. 

A cycle of obsession erupts out of nowhere that distracts my son beyond what I think he even expects.

The very next morning, I awaken to… tap, tap, tap… “mom, can I check something on your phone?”

After breakfast… “mom, can I check something on your phone?”

In the middle of math… “mom, can I check something on your phone?”

And it continues on and on throughout the day and starts all over again the very next.

But, this time by breakfast I am done.

By math time, he is so out of sorts and distracted, but before he gets a chance to ask I ground him from the game for the rest of the day.

And the tears burst forth. And the desperate pleas begin.

I explain to him that when something in his life distracts him from what is most important, like his education, than it is not a good thing. If this game is all you can think about and nothing else than it has become an unhealthy obsession… perhaps an idol.

We discuss our bible lesson, from just the week before, about the Israelites and their idols. I remind him that idols today are very different. They come in many forms, many distractions and if they take the place of what God says is most important in our lives than we are actually in sin.

With that, my son, bursts into tears again and says… “mom, delete the game, it’s all I can think about and I can’t control it, so just get rid of it now!”

He surprises me again.

And there I sit… in awe at the way he flees from the wrong and how he hugs me with such force, clinging tightly to the right.

My own obsessions and distractions come quickly to mind… how hard it is to flee immediately from the wrong and cling so desperately to the right.

Oh, how I do desire to be so fully consumed by God that nothing else dares to penetrate. That obsessions and idols would come dawning red warning flags with the clear sign to run and run now!

Father, thank you that my son is learning so early the lesson of self-control and how to turn-away from sin. Thank you that you so wisely use my children to teach me lessons that I so desperately need myself. Give me wisdom and strength to run from the distractions in my own life and hide in the safety of your presence and love.  

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,  training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Titus 2:11-13

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What a great message for all our kids in such a technologically driven society. As an adult I can also learn something from this:)) Anything we obsess over like you said, can and does and will become an idol in our lives. It might not be stone or gold but even a video game can serve as such. What an amazing thing that he came up with the solution all by himself:) He is truly working out his salvation…love yall!

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This is so very true. What a great reminder to do as David did~RUN~ don’t walk away from temptation. It si so easy to get sucked in and it is wonderful both that you recognized it as did your son the proper course of action.
Keep up the God work.
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We had the same problem at my house recently. It’s amazing how addictive technology is to our children and ourselves. And how wonderful that your son recognized the need to get rid of temptation, wish I did that:)

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Wow you and your son witnessed to me! I love it and am thankful! Even things like fear and need for approval from others can become our idols and distract us from God-the only one that fills our cups perfectly! Love you!

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Hi Heidi – great reminder to put technology into right perspective. And thanks for linking up again. I appreciate the support.
God bless
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Well first off, I am amazed and even proud of your son for choosing to delete the game. That speaks volumes right there!

And second….ouch…thanks Heidi. 😉
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