J.M. Boice told an amusing story about Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees in the 1950’s. During a game, Hank Aaron came up to the plate to bat. Yogi Berra began his usual chattering and tried to distract Aaron. Yogi said to him, “Henry, you’re holding the bat wrong. You’re supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark.” Aaron didn’t say anything in return. When the next pitch came, he smashed it into the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and stepping back on home plate, Aaron looked at Yogi Berra and said, “I didn’t come up here to read” (Nehemiah: Learning to Lead, p. 38).
Unless we’re careful, it’s so easy to get distracted. We are bombarded by things trying to catch our eye. Ad’s constantly show up on Phones, computers, and the TV. Driving exposes us to countless signs, businesses, and ad’s. To make matters worse, we even distract ourselves by putting too much time into our jobs, hobbies, and the like. We are so over-stimulated with distractions, it’s not all that surprising that it can be a challenge to focus on what’s really important. It’s past time we slow down and ask ourselves, “What are we here for?”
God didn’t put us here to simply chase after our own wants and desires. He didn’t put us here to get distracted by all the worldly flash and chatter. Let’s not lose sight at to why we are here. We are here to serve the Lord (Matthew 6:24; Galatians 1:10; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15).
No matter how many distractions come our way, let’s stay focused on why were are here. Let’s remember and echo Joshua’s famous words in our own lives, “…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).