I looked at the seven year old in front of me and said, "That's not your job. You need to go and do your job." It was only a matter of time before they were tugging at my sleeve again. So and so was doing this or so and so was not doing that or someone was doing such and such. Could they do that too even though they weren't finished with their job or they were supposed to be doing something else? Why did that person get to do that? Why couldn't they do it also? They didn't think someone was doing something the right way (though it was apparent to me that "someone" was correct), could they go and "help" them do it the right (which was really wrong) way?
This child was so caught up in what everyone else was or was not doing that they neglected to complete the task assigned to them. When lunchtime came, they weren't finished with their work and ended up having to miss recess in order to catch up.
This is not an uncommon problem in the primary classroom. Children tend to be easily distracted by what others are doing (or not doing). Now that I think about it, I wonder if we ever really outgrow that tendancy?
If the enemy cannot tempt you to walk away from God, he is going to attempt to prevent you from doing the primary job God has called you to do. What is that primary job? It is what is commonly referred to as "The Great Commission". We are to go out into the world and be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News.
It seems that rather than doing that, we prefer to do other things. We fuss about what someone else is or is not doing. We are over in the corner arguing with other Christians about details not pertinent to salvation, things which we probably know little if anything about and/or things which have nothing to do with making a difference in people's lives or glorifying God. Nothing and yet we set these things up on pedestals wasting our time arguing about them while we are surrounded by lost and wounded people. What is wrong with us?
I think the late Keith Green really hit the nail on the head when he wrote the song, "Asleep In The Light."
Let's focus on doing our job and not let the enemy distract us with that which really does not matter.
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Yes Keith Green summarized your blog so well - good blog with a pertinent subject.