Yesterday - Thought for the Day:

Distractions in Daily Life


Listen

My Child, so often you kneel before Me only in body. In spirit you are somewhere else. Many times you begin to think of Me or speak to Me, and then find yourself thinking of other persons or things.

You say that these distractions come to you in spite of your good will. Let Me show you how to deal with distractions, so that you may learn at last the secret of My loyal followers Only action is the proof of sincerity. How sincerely do you desire to turn your attention to Me throughout the day?

Distractions are thoughts, imaginations, feelings, and desires which hold your attention longer than they deserve. At a time when you might direct your attention to Me or to some profitable activity, you often find yourself fighting to keep control of your thoughts. These distractions are due to the various experiences which you have in your daily life. By diminishing these experiences, you will also lessen the number of your distractions.

True, you are obliged to give your attention to a number of people and attend to various duties and needs throughout the day. Yet, you need not give your attention to these people and things any more than is necessary. You could eliminate many a distraction without neglecting the necessary obligations of your daily life.

If you really want to become more aware of My nearness to you throughout the day, you must do your part to gain so great a favor. Begin at once to examine what comes between you and Me. See how many things you can eliminate in your daily life without neglecting your duties and obligations. Unless you make a determined effort to concentrate your attentions on Me, you will always be the victim of distractions.


Think

Holy desires are Worthless unless they are put into action. The saints tried so hard to keep their attention on God. They deliberately avoided all unnecessary distractions. They learned how to fix their minds on holy things throughout the day. They knew how to enjoy God's company True, I must give my attention to my duties and obligations. So often, however, I give my attention to what is unnecessary. Is it any wonder that I find prayer hard or strange? I want to begin today to avoid unnecessary distractions, so that I may think more often of God and speak to Him more frequently throughout the day.


Pray

Dear Holy Spirit my God, please come to my assistance in this daily journey toward eternity Let me see earthly pleasures according to their true value, without expecting too much from them. Forgive me when my mind wanders in prayer, and grant me interior strength to avoid unnecessary distractions. Show me how to recollect my thoughts and control my senses, and let me forget worldly things when I am united with You in prayer. Whatever leads me away from You is worthless and dangerous. You are my greatest treasure. In all my activities I desire to be aware of Your nearness, so that I may live my earthly life in union with You. Amen.


See you tomorrow with another thought!
...by Word of Mouth...