How would you rate yourself as a multitasker? Can you hold a conversation while texting and cooking? Don’t try it. Some people pride themselves on their ability to multitask, but interestingly, science is telling us multitasking is actually a myth. What we refer to as “multitasking” is more accurately defined as “serial tasking” – constantly starting and stopping multiple tasks repeatedly. Serial tasking is far less productive than we like to think it is.
However, with the amount of phone calls, texts, and smartphone notifications we are regularly receiving, distraction comes easily. Often times, the urgent overrules what’s most important.
The same can happen spiritually. Paul seemed to be combatting that mentality when he told Timothy,
Do not neglect the gift you have…Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
1 Timothy 4:14–15 (ESV)
Paul was instructing Timothy to give his undivided attention to his God-given gifts. We need to live by that same instruction. God has given us gifts that we should practice and immerse ourselves in. We’re not competing against each other – we should be throwing ourselves headlong into the specific work and life God has mapped out for us. We can’t afford to allow less important things to distract us from the most important things!
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