Have you ever felt like the guy in this picture? I just returned from a weeklong conference in Orlando, so I know exactly how he feels. (By the way, it was fun walking around in a suit and tie while everyone else there had on shorts, flip flops and Mickey Mouse ears!) I always wonder for the first couple of days when I return home from a trip if it was worth all the preparation beforehand and make-up work after I get back. (I sometimes envy those who simply go on vacation. They don’t have to do anything at work to prepare, they just don’t show up. They don’t get any work related emergency phone calls while they’re away. I wonder what that would be like? Oh well, I digress.)

In the midst of all this catch-up work I once again realize how many distractions there are in life. Little inconveniences designed to slow us down or prevent us all together from accomplishing those things that are of worth. Distractions are aimed at all parts of our life-family, finances, self-improvement and, of course, our spiritual development.

The wise man of Proverbs counsels us not to “get sidetracked” in Proverbs 4:27 (NLT). Easy for him to say! How is that even possible in the busyness of 21st Century western culture?

He gives the answer in the preceding verses (25, 26): “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe.”

Once again, no magic bullet. No secret formula. Just diligence, hard work and determination are what it takes to be successful, accomplish your goals and live well.


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