Monday, October 31, 2011

Spiritual ADD?

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is a disorder (often now referred to as ADHD) that affects 15% of the adult population as well as a great many children.  Although the symptoms can be complex and varied, the commonality is a difficulty in staying focused on one thing at a time.  These people are easily distracted and wandering attention makes it difficult for them to stay on track.  ADD can have a devastating affect in school, at work and in family relationships.

As harmful as physical ADD can be, Spiritual ADD may be much more widespread and have even greater negative consequences.  Epidemic, especially among American Christians, this condition is one of the greatest strategies of the Enemy.  As someone has said, "If the Devil can't make you bad, he will make you busy."  And, Christians in the US are some of the busiest people in the world!

Recapturing our most valuable possession.  In the interview below, Dr. Kent Smith reflects on the meeting of our LK10 Board of Directors held in Jan. 2011.  In this context, he talks about the idea that we have been robbed of our most precious asset - our attention.  The result is Spiritual ADD.  We can only recapture our ability to be centered on Jesus as we train ourselves in "rhythms of attention."  (Kent is a professor at the Abilene Christian Graduate School of Theology.)

Possible next step for recapturing your attention?  The LK10 Foundations Course is designed to train Christians in the rhythms of attention.  For more information and to register, go to http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2011/09/foundations-course.html

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  Mt. 6:34 (The Message)

2 comments:

  1. This is a great interview, John. What Kent has to say reminds me very much of a TED talk about listening

    http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/2011/07/response-are-you-listening.html

    Did you and Kent see that?

    I was particularly interested in the 03:00 words he shared. This resonates deeply with what the Spirit has been showing me. I've been thinking in terms of the church in the world (our most precious asset has been stolen) and the church in heaven (if we really want it we can have it back).

    If we really want it. Exactly!

    We had better start wanting it back.

    See also

    http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/2011/07/response-are-you-listening.html

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