What’s holding you back?

When people say they’re “ADD,” some are kidding and some are serious. Attention Deficit Disorder is a quick and easy way to blame something else for your laziness and carelessness, but it is also a real mental problem that cripples people’s ability to concentrate and focus on what’s important.

Do you know people with spiritual ADD? They mean well. They really intend to get back to church, really, one of these weeks, seriously, but life just keeps intervening. Birthday parties and family brunches and vacations and soccer tournaments and exhaustion from work and home repairs and a Sunday golf league and work brought home and a sick kid and a houseful of Sunday midday guests just keep pushing that church attendance day farther and farther until the original intent and resolution fade into the rearview. Spiritual inertia carves ruts so deep that it would take divine dynamite to blast them out.

What’s holding you back from a more joyful faith, a more visible faith, a more energetic faith? Scripture gives us many examples of people who overcame despite suffering far worse problems than you ever did: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1).

What are your top three distracters?

(I mean it—make a list right now and look at those items. What needs to change? Today?)

Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.


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