Too Many Turkeys Will Spoil Your Shot

Too many turkeys, too much calling for our attention, keep us from being effective in our calling. God's Word re-focuses our sights where they need to be.

Too Many Turkeys Will Spoil Your Shot

Both my brothers are avid hunters, and although I am 110% for sportsmanship, I’ve never been hunting (unless you count shopping for good deals). As a result, I enjoy hearing my brother’s stories. Recently, one of them was telling me about a time he was turkey hunting, and there were so many turkeys he couldn’t focus on one to take the shot. Turkeys are ADHD creatures by nature, and they can’t stand still. Dozens of them together are like the blurry results of an overdue vision appointment.

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I couldn’t help but think that we Christians can have the same problem in our spiritual lives. Too many turkeys, too much calling for our attention, keep us from being effective in our calling. How can we get anything done when we’re not focused on purpose-driven work?

Calling Out the Turkeys in Our Lives

First, I think we have to identify what our turkeys are. Each of us has unique challenges based on our work and responsibility, but my guess is that we also have a few in common.

  1. Social media: Access to our social networks is literally a hand’s reach away. The notifications and lit-up screens snatch our attention from where it needs to be.
  2. Comparison: Nothing wrecks our focus so instantly as the comparison game. When we start comparing ourselves to someone else, we derail our progress and lose a productive mindset.
  3. Over-commitment: When we say “yes” to more things than our schedules can handle, we become ineffective and exhausted.
  4. What other turkey-time-stealers would you add to this list?

Re-Focusing Our Sights on What Matters

Calling out the turkeys that steal our time and focus is step one. Step two is much harder, because it requires acting on the information. We have to renew our minds daily, or even several times a day, if we’re going to fix our aim where it needs to be.

Scripture gives us a guide for evaluating the claims on our attention. Let’s put those turkeys to this test:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)

True, Noble, Just, Pure, Lovely, Praiseworthy. That list is a pretty good litmus test to see if our focus is purpose-driven or simply distracted.

Question from Kristen Hogrefe Parnell, the author.

What turkeys are wrecking your focus, and what steps can you take to get your attention back where it needs to be?

Written by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell

My goal is to encourage readers to find faith in life's everyday adventures. I pray that God’s light will shine through my books, blog, and personal walk to point people to Jesus Christ and His awesome plan for them.

7 thoughts on “Too Many Turkeys Will Spoil Your Shot

  1. I love the analogy this post post!

    What’s stealing my focus is the transitions in life. In general, my life isn’t that busy. But, when big things are changing (Good things) I tend to slip in some areas with my relationship with God. I need to keep my time with Him protected!

  2. “Over-commitment: When we say “yes” to more things than our schedules can handle, we become ineffective and exhausted.”

    I really like the old adage, “saying no to something is saying yes to something else.” The older I get the easier it is to say no to things that are good but I’m not feeling God is calling me into at that point in time.

    Good post Kristen.

    1. Thanks for sharing that, Garrett! How very true: “saying no to something is saying yes to something else.” We have to choose carefully when to say yes.

  3. Great post!!! One week ago I actually eliminated social media from my life because I was comparing myself to others too much. Praise God for helping me see the distractions in my life. He gives me the courage to say “no more!”

    1. Thanks for your comment, Sue! Social media can definitely be a distraction, and I’m proud of you for identifying it and taking action. Blessings to you!

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