I’ve been reflecting on what it’s like to experience hearing loss, as I recently had a period struggling with blocked ears and annoying my family (nothing new there then!) by not hearing things they said to me. It’s always hard to hear in a bustling environment with a lot of background noise and other distractions – say a busy pub or football ground. I’m sure I’m not the only person who needs a bit of quiet to successfully do tasks which need attention and precision or concentrating on one person or thing particularly.
Sometimes in life there are so many competing voices and other things distracting us from things that really matter. Jesus once described these collectively as “the worries of this life” and he challenged people to get things in perspective. Rather than saying simply ‘don’t worry’, he taught people to focus on what does matter most (read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 if you’d like to learn more).
So my questions to you are: What matters to you? What distracts you from it? How are you going to avoid unhelpful distractions? And what are you going to focus on to help you get things right? If you’d like to discuss your answers, I’d be pleased to hear from you.