We are easily distracted creatures. Some people can focus better than most but even at our very best, our attention is easily drawn away. Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom I would say we are pretty average in this regard. For my dogs, squirrels on the fence take priority over food. This being the case, our recovery is under constant attack as people, places, and things bombard our senses with temptations that could lure us away from God’s will and our path of sobriety.

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

As I believe I mentioned in my last post, opening ourselves to God’s will is proper use of our self will. Tapping into His power is the only way we can overcome distraction … at least some. We are still flesh and the flesh yearns attention. Yet another condition of powerlessness and its closely related to substance abuse. This is why we must seek a close connection to God. Fortunately, this is exactly what He wants for us, too, so all we have to do is be open and He will come in and provide what we need. I’m not saying “what we want,” mind you. He provides what we NEED, and that’s enough. Clearly, a big part of this need is to keep us focused on His will for us in our daily lives. Still, we must constantly work to maintain and improve our conscious contact with God. Taking moments through the day to simply stop and listen. Clear the mind of clutter and allow God to enter. Once present with Him, have a conversation. Let Him know your concerns and ask for His vision and the power to carry it out.

These actions will defeat distraction. These actions will draw us closer to God and will build personal serenity and security in a world that is often far from either.

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