Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pay attention

"We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

In a recent article published by MacWorld, the question was asked whether Pokémon Go was a good fit for a runner. The app RunGo, which was launched in 2014 (long before Pokémon Go) with the purpose of guiding runners safely through routes without looking at their phone by using GPS-based voice navigation, just debuted Pokémon-focused routes. These routes will steer players to trails and paths claiming to loop through “high density” Pokémon areas while hitting PokéStops in the process. With it's voice navigation, a runner could potentially get in a good run without needing to look at the RunGo app at all, but would still need to glance at the screen periodically to play Pokémon Go. And the problem with that being runner friendly they say? If you aren't paying attention to what's in front of you, bad things can happen. Did you hear about the two guys who fell off of a cliff outside San Diego this week because they were playing Pokémon? It’s an extreme case, but you also don’t want to run into a tree branch, trip over a small child, or traipse into traffic while playing.

Paying attention? That's certainly something most of us need to do a better job of wouldn't you agree? In fact, the Bible tells us that we are to "pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away." The writer was warning the Hebrew Christians that focusing their attention anywhere but on what they had been taught, even for a brief moment, could allow bad things to happen- like being led astray by false teachings. That meant they were to, to the greatest extent possible, focus their minds, hearts and eyes on Jesus and the Truth laid out in scripture. And that warning my friends was as relevant to them then as it is to us now. 
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes, "…as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?” 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word that gives us the absolute truth of the Gospel. Help us to use it each and every day as the guide by which we measure the truthfulness of the words and actions of others. Help us to know your Truth so well that we would immediately recognize false teachings and teachers that we would avoid the bad things that can happen when they would cause us to drift away. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

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