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How easily are you distracted? Do you have the habit of starting one project, only to find yourself interrupted by a different project? Have you made plans for what you would accomplish in a week, only to find that you ended up doing entirely different things?

Being distracted is not always bad, but it can be deadly. You see, our spiritual enemy cannot take our salvation away, but he can still work to divert our attention to things that can absorb volumes of our time with little – or often no – spiritual value.

Life will always be full of challenges and potential diversions. Today all one’s time could be spent dwelling on the challenges that have come with Covid-19, or social justice, etc. It is not that we should live in denial of these issues. Rather, we should be focused on what opportunities the Lord will bring our way because of these events.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15–16

As Christians we must understand that we can become so absorbed with things that we cannot change while failing to accomplish the eternal things that God has instructed us to pursue. We should be the last persons who are distraught over the fact that we live in an evil world. God both saved us and left us here because of that fact. It is our privilege to anticipate spiritual opportunities in the midst of every circumstance of life.

With this in mind, “be careful how you walk.” Paul reminds us that we can be unwise as believers, but instead we should be wise!

We are to make the most of our time. Don’t burn time and energy fretting about all that is going on in the world. The days have been evil since sin first entered this world. We are here to proclaim to people the only true answer to the evils on this planet. It is the message of the glorious gospel. Don’t let the enemy divert your attention from this amazing truth!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58