It is possible to have “spiritual ADD”! Actually, I personally battle it. However, I do know the prescription that greatly reduces the symptoms. Do you have “spiritual ADD”? Here are some symptoms: When you pray, you are easily distracted. You easily get sidetracked when you are reading the Scripture. During the moments when you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to witness to someone, you start down that path but somehow end up talking about everything but the Lord. Or maybe, like the first disciples, you’ve gotten “caught up” on a particular issue and can’t seem to move beyond it. Every time you start to walk with God, this one issue (you can name it right now) consumes your thoughts! If most of these are true about you, welcome to the world of “spiritual ADD.”
The early disciples were caught up in their own understanding of the Messianic Eschatology (end time events). It took several angels telling them to get busy doing what the Lord Jesus had commanded them to do. Unfortunately, we do not have angels poking us in the ribs reminding us to stay on task.
What is the antidote? First, prioritize fulfilling the greatest commandment (Love the Lord your God with all your heart…) Remember to keep it central to all that you do. When you start getting distracted, make a straight line back to God’s call for you. Second, know your tendency to get spiritually distracted. That is half the battle. Some people are so consumed with the distraction, it replaces their God commissioned purpose. Don’t let that happen to you. Third, discipline yourself against spiritual ADD. Think of it this way: “spiritual ADD” is as dangerous as texting and driving. If you get distracted in your walk with God, you very well may run off the road.
I’ve seen good, godly people get caught up and then hung up by a “distraction” such as a personal failure, unforgiveness, disillusionment with a hero, etc and run off the road. By the way, some distractions can sound very good and “family friendly.” But whatever takes your eyes off the main thing, needs to be avoided.
“And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”” Acts 1:9-11 NASB