Distracting Signs

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Signs are everywhere.  Many are important and provide useful information needed to make decisions.
Others.. well are just distracting.

I decided to take a bit of a detour in regards to the "Sign Beauty" chapter I am reading and focus a bit on distractions.  

I believe God created many signs of beauty to point to Him.  

"the rugged rocks of a mountain"
"the yellow of a bee"
"the delicate orchid"
"the white capped wave"
and many more...

I also think that we have to be aware of the possibility of other signs.  Perhaps signs that were meant to point to our creator, but perhaps have been distorted. Perhaps being used to distract.

I believe an enemy exists.  I believe the enemy is seeking to devour.  I believe the enemy is seeking to distract.  I believe the enemy can use things meant for good and twist its use for his evil purposes.

When this happens, not only am I not focused on God, but I am not even heading in the right direction.  These distractions can even have the appearance of good, but may purposely stop short of pointing to the real destination.  These distractions can come in the form of false teaching.  
These distractions can come in the form of protests or agendas that become the focus in and of themselves.

I need to work to be more discerning and not get so easily distracted.  I need to make sure the signs that I look to point to the God that created them.  To often I get distracted by unimportant and unnecessary signage that clearly points in the wrong direction or simply stops short of pointing to the final destination.
 

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  1. We really do need to call upon discernment from God to help us read the signs that point to Him, not the ones which detract from Him. Lent is the perfect time to put that into practice.
    Blessings, Ryan!

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    1. Martha, after giving it some prayer, thought, and even a little research... I have decided that for the next 40 days... I will not consume soda. I don't drink a lot of if at home, but it is a go to beverage for me when we go out. It will be difficult to remember, so I will need to enlist the help of my family to remind me.

      Additionally, I have decided to do something that I believe God would like me to do. I will do 30 minutes on a treadmill every day for 40 days while listening to something that will bring me closer to God... It may be worship music, and audio book, or the Bible... Perhaps this will be more than 40 days... it probably needs to be.

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    2. Those are wonderful ideas, Ryan! Go for it!

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