When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around.
It's very easy in this world to be distracted by all the negative people in our lives. There are no shortage of people who are so hurt, angry, bitter, resentful, or selfish and they seem to want to take out their poison on others even those they are supposed to love and care about.
First, we need to avoid these types of people whether they are co-workers, related, or whatever. It's one thing for someone to have a bad day or weak moment, but it's another when people have a lifestyle of this negative behavior. If we are not careful it will be toxic in our lives and causes us damage.
We do not need these types of disctractions in our lives. They bring us down, keep us upset, cause constant turmoil and chaos, and is really unhealthy long term on our lives.
We can't always avoid distractions, but it's important that we are pro-active in allowing things in our lives to distract us from our spouses, our children, our careers, and especially our walk with God.
Satan is working 24/7 to create distractions in our lives so that we will take our eyes of God, disobey God, and become so busy or focused on anything other than god. Truth is however, that if we keep our focus on God, we will never be distractetd by negative people or things.
Life is too short, to waste our lives on distractions, especially those that are unhealthy. You cannot change anyone, they must change themselves. You cannot help those that aren't willing to help themselves. We must use wisdom in discerning when it's time to help and when it's time to avoid. When it's time to show patience and when it's time to walk away.
No matter what the distraction, we must strive to keep our eyes on God and allow God to work through us and to get us through whatever it is we face.
Don't be misled by Satan. He uses things, places, events, and especially people to distract us from the truth and what's right, and most of all God. Don't be fooled and don't be led astray. Most of all we've got to rid ourselves of distractions, so that we can focus on the life God wants us to live and the life He wants to give us.