Can God use us even if we are distracted? Remember that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28.
Let’s shine some light on the not-so-obvious good that can come from of having “squirrel” (distracted) moments.
Good perks from distraction:
Flexibility: Spontaneity is a gift not to be wasted. What happens to children who are not sure what their mom is going to decide to in a moment’s notice? Some frustration, but mostly flexibility.
I have a tendency to change my plans. Sometimes, mid air, so to speak. I give my kids some warning, but it’s enough to let them know it is about to happen.
Rabbit Trails: All those warnings about going down rabbit trails? I actually find rabbits sometimes! I am not going to solve good ol’ curiosity by waiting for a good time to do research. It’s just not fun.
Dropping everything to figure out something.
Stopping what I should be doing and changing it to what I want to be doing.
This can provides enough rebellion to keep me honest. Most of the time I deny myself the pleasure of instant curiosity satisfaction. Every now and then, with no harm to anyone—-it’s fun to go “hunting wabbits.”
Honestly, I never thought I would ever quote Elmer Fudd in a blog post…….but anyways…..
Where was I?
Oh, yes. The perks of distraction:
Changing Routines: When we do the same thing, the same way, everyday, it’s usually good for us, i.e. brushing our teeth, taking vitamins, making our bed. Order is soothing for our lives. But when you can be highly distracted like me, it gets, well, just boring.
Boredom breeds resentment. That’s no good at all.
I find that if I vary a routine enough every now and then to keep it somewhat fresh, I’m better. I’m happier doing whatever I have to do on a routine basis.
For example, since I am the main cook in my house, I rarely make the same dinner twice in a month. The same feeling I get when I go to a restaurant is what I want to create for myself. I do cook for myself mostly, I have to be truthful. If I tried preparing dinner the way each family member would like it, I would go nuts.
Which brings me back to “squirrels”………..
Just because we are moms doesn’t me we can’t embrace some of our distracted moments because…
Oops! They might be gone before you know it!
We think of being a mom as being warm, nurturing, constant and loving. I am living proof that these things are indeed possible with a very distracted personality. It’s not easy sometimes, but very possible–when I make the most of it.