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I’m the only Christian in my home, and I’m finding it hard to spend time reading my Bible and praying. There are so many distractions. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do?


Steve Answers:

Just this morning my wife told me that she needs at least two more hours each day in order to do everything she feels she needs

Just this morning my wife told me that she needs at least two more hours each day in order to do everything she feels she needs to do. And that doesn’t include additional things she’d like to do but doesn’t really need to do.

Her situation deals more with busyness, though, while yours deals with distractions. Still, the key word for both situations is boundaries. Recently authors have written books specifically on this topic, because so many people have difficulty setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.

For example, some people say to their friends, "I’ll always be here for you, no matter what!" Initially they may sound like a dedicated friend. But what if two of their friends want their undivided attention at the same time? There’s no way they can "be there" for both of them simultaneously.

Probably when you were younger your parents set boundaries for you, such as when to go to bed, what to eat, maybe even who your friends were or weren’t. But now you should be taking on more and more responsibility for making your own decisions, which includes setting your own boundaries.

Since you’re the only Christian in your home, obviously you’re the one who’ll have to set the boundaries for your spiritual input–taking time with God. Remember the advice to the Christian parent in Deuteronomy 6:7: "You must teach them [instructions and input from God] to your children and talk about them when you are at home or out for a walk; at bedtime and the first thing in the morning" (TLB).*

Again, you’ll have to take responsibility for your spiritual input. You get to grow up faster than others in this area. But others have done it, and so can you!

Consider Samuel, who had special time with God during his childhood (1 Samuel 3:1-21), even though Eli hadn’t been successful in getting his own children to relish being with God (1 Samuel 2:12).

You’re capable of deciding whether or not you’ll spend time with God. It’s not just a matter of sliding into it by default. You actually must choose it!

There will always be distractions. Even in the Garden of Eden there were major distractions (see Genesis 2:15, 16 and Genesis 3:1-7). Sometimes the distractions are even good things (see Luke 10:38-42). If you’re looking for a distraction-free environment, you need a new perspective.

Sometimes you can’t change your environment. But you can be changed (2 Corinthians 5:17). And when you’re changed, your environment will no longer control you. You’ll actually be a positive influence on your environment instead! 

*Verses marked TLB are taken from The Living Bible, copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Ill. Used by permission.



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