It's as if the devil is in full production to keep our mind occupied in any thing else than what is important for us and our leading a good life.
Take for example the choices we have when shopping. Have you considered how many types and brands of ice creams there are available? The other day in the supermarket I discovered Gin and Tonic ice cream.
There were other drinks too. I don't mean G and T flavour but actual gin
in it. It even had a warning not to be sold to under 18s and it stated
on the packet the amount of alcohol in it.
Why would someone want to have an ice cream at home with alcohol in it? And if this is your particular weakness, why not buy ordinary ice cream and pour whatever drink you wish on it?
Think of other products too; like toothpaste, soap, clothing, shoes and so on. So many different kinds and types and brands to choose from.
Same with entertainment. So many TV channels, plus those you subscribe to, and those you download on your cell phones etc ... etc ...
The other day on the bus almost everyone was distracted on their cell-phones. Who are they texting to, and what did they do before cell-phones were invented?
I have a cell-phone, almost always switched off. When I'm at home, if people want to contact me they can ring the land-line. If I'm busy in the garden, or cooking, or writing this Blog I put the answering machine on. I don't want to rush out of the shower to answer the phone and scandalise the dog.
You know something? In all these years I have not had one world leader, religious person like the Pope, eminent doctor or scientist or whatever else, ring me urgently to ask for my views or opinion on anything. Anyone who phoned me needing something left a message on the answering machine.
Same with the cell-phone. Always off. I take it with me when out in case I have to contact someone. The other day I switched it on and discovered a message that's been left there years ago. It was Julius Caesar asking me to lend him my ear. I told him to go buy his own.
The point I'm trying to make here is that the devil enjoys distractions. It keeps us away from God. We look the other way and get interested in something else. Be it entertainment, food, self-importance, fashion, music or whatever.
Any distraction is a good distraction if it stops us from praying. If it stops us from thinking of God. If it stops us contacting Him, loving Him, serving Him, or spreading His Word amongst others.
Better for the seeds from the sower to go to waste rather than fall on good ground.
The age of distraction is here. And the devil is having a good time.