About Being Sidetracked

Sunday, September 15, 2019
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1 Corinthians 10:31b,33b – Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. (NIV)

Recently, in a devotional published here on the PresbyCan Daily Devotional, Martin Wiles wrote how easily he and his wife can be sidetracked from their intended purchase by the clever displays in the store. He then applied it to our spiritual lives.

Immediately, my thoughts flew to the Internet! How easily I'm sidetracked if I simply open my browser! It takes heaps of self-discipline and prayer to keep me focused. As a result, I've developed a system that might provide helpful suggestions for controlling our scrolling.

After asking God to show me what He wants to teach me, I open my tablet to my Bible app, and my reading begins where I left off the day before, usually the next chapter. Next, I read the emailed devotionals that I subscribe to.

Then, I pray for God's presence and guidance throughout the day for family, church members, and anyone else the Lord brings to mind.

Following that, I might be nudged to write a devotional, to call someone, or simply to spend time with the Lord in praise and prayer.

Only after I have spent time with the Lord do I prayerfully consider my scrolling through the Internet. On Christian websites, and even on social media, my scrolling might find an encouragement, a prayer, or a Scripture that speaks to my situation.

As we explore the Internet, let's keep focused on the apostle Paul's advice:

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. (NKJV)

Prayer: Lord God, direct our scrolling! Bless our Internet readers, and take care of all who visit this website. Give all of us direction through the reading of Your Word, the holy Scriptures. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel4319@gmail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Cass, for the good word.

    Thanks, Cassandra. This is a good plan.

    Thanks for that great advice!
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Amen, good advice. I follow much the same pattern as you. Works well. Blessings.

    Thank you for this guide to approaching the overwhelming bombardment of the internet.

    Thoughtful consideration of how to stay focused when it is so easy to let it stray. Thank you for your biblical guidance.

    Wow Cassandra!
    What a great reminder and such helpful ‘guidance’ you’ve shared. That was truly inspired.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Hi Sandy,
    How true. I am so easily sidetracked when I sit with my iPad. Hours just seem to fly by on wasted things. I do start my day with devotions and prayer but later just get waylaid.

    Thank you for this devotional and reminder. For most of the summer my husband has been ill in the hospital or recovering at home. SO, caring for him has been my first priority…and I forget what really is “our” first priority. Your devotional states it very well.

    Greetings Cassandra,
    Thank you for writing. Yes, it is so easy to get sidetracked but much more important to stay on track with our Lord and Saviour. Following His word is truly our saving grace.
    Blessings to you.

    Very helpful!
    For some time, in keeping with “Sabbath rest” I didn’t use any device on Sunday. As you can see, I have relaxed this now.
    It has been refreshing and calming!
    I really appreciate your contributions.

    Hi Cassandra,
    Thank you for your devotional yesterday. I don’t do a lot of scrolling, nevertheless it is easy to get sidetracked by other things.

    Dear Cassandra,
    Thank you for these admonitions and prayers. May God continue to bless your writing talent to his glory.
    Keep writing.

    Thanks so much for this! A wise solution to many lost hours.


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