Are you scattered?
My guess is that if you’re reading this, you’re probably not so scattered. You know how to sit down, take a moment, collect yourself and focus on something that may be enlightening and nutritious.
Before I go on, let me give you my own definition of “scattered.”
I think we’re scattered when we’re doing too many things at once. We’re neither here nor there and we’re juggling things and running around in an effort to accomplish much when we’re probably not really achieving anything. In short, we're spread thin.
We know when we’re scattered. There’s something about being scattered that almost immediately gives birth to those crazy twins: confusion and frustration.
If you find yourself feeling confused and frustrated, you’re living in what I’ll call for the sake of argument, “Scatterdom.” It’s not a real word, but doesn’t that nail it?
Being scattered isn’t fun because you realize that you’re not being effective and you’re only succeeding in giving yourself a headache, an ulcer or high blood pressure.
When you’re scattered, you’re distracted. When you’re distracted, accidents happen. Things go wrong. If you’re not careful, you could lose a limb or even your life.
One of the things that I find so intriguing about Jesus Christ is that he intentionally retreated into the wilderness. The Bible clearly states that he was constantly traveling, preaching, teaching, healing, talking and working.
He was literally God in human flesh and even he took quiet, prayer time. He retreated to be with God, the Father ... away from the noise and hype.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I start to feel scattered, I retreat, take a moment, pray, breathe deeply and get a grip. We all need, “wilderness time.” We need not feel guilty about using it. It’s required.
When you’re scattered, you’re no good to anybody … not to yourself and maybe not even to God ... in that particular moment anyway.
Are you scattered?