A certain handheld gaming system was a raging phenomena when I was young. Even before it was in color, I’d watch the pixels on the screen as they danced and did whatever I wanted them to. I was immersed in it – even when driving on family vacations. My dad would often say, “Why don’t you put down that screen and look outside your window for a bit?” Glued to my handheld, I would oftentimes ignore his question. Sometimes, with great sadness, I’d hear him say how I had missed seeing wonderful sights and scenery because I was too distracted by the game. When we are distracted by the “screens” and busyness of life, we tend to miss God’s splendor, provision, glory and beauty, and His signs of love. Life is always moving and moments pass us by. I can’t help but think of Paul who told us how to run the race with perseverance and that he even “beat” his body to make it his “slave” so that he wouldn’t be disqualified. That’s some rigorous training! Yet, in this day and age full of distractions and screens, we should do some rigorous training, as well… especially with our minds. Let’s become motivated to hold our thoughts captive and rearrange our motivation from busyness to Christ. How? Feed your heart and mind with the Word of God. Accept God’s love and spend some quiet time with Him. Fellowship with other brothers and sisters. Serve Him. Take the time in this moment to look outside at the scenery and thank God for His goodness. Don’t miss it. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Psalm 27:4. 2 Corinthians 10:5b. Psalm 145:5. Isaiah 26:3.