The Key to Overcoming SADD
(Note: If you missed last week’s post, I shared my struggle with what I call Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder (SADD). If you’d like to read it, look on the right side of the homepage of my blog. It’s called Overcoming SADD – Focus, Focus, Focus! It can also be found with previous posts in the Food for Thought category.)
The key to overcoming SADD is to focus on God and His agenda. Easy to say, but not so easy to implement. Why so? Because it’s human nature for us to focus on what we need, want and/or worry about. Focusing on self comes naturally. Focusing on God comes only one way, supernaturally.
Frankly, I don’t worry about what God thinks of me. After all, He is a God of grace and unconditional love. I struggle more over disappointment with myself.
Recently, I asked myself this question: What would it take for you to be satisfied with yourself, content with who you are and what you are doing for God?
I came to this conclusion: It would take self-discipline, freedom from self-induced distractions and organization of my time and pursuits.
My greatest desire is to live for God and influence people on His behalf. However, when I examine my conversation with myself, I notice something very telling. Look back over what you’ve read so far. What do you see?
Do you see a prevailing theme? I do, and it’s called SELF! Is it possible my focus has been more on improving myself rather than on God, Himself? Sure, my intentions have been noble but they’ve only led to frustration. I’m thinking I need to readjust my focus.
Oswald Chambers addresses the issue with these words from My Utmost for His Highest:
“Don’t ask me to be confronted with the strong reality of redemption on behalf of the filth of human life surrounding me today; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes. . . God cannot deliver me while my interest is merely in my own character.”
Self is an insidious thing. It demands our focus and then muddles our motives with grandiose ideas on what we can do for God. And all the while, our Creator is waiting for us to allow Him to fill us with Himself. Waiting for us to focus on Him until we become like Him, broken and reshaped to do His will, not our own.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Heb. 12:2-3
Seeing is believing! Do you agree?