I’ve got IYGAMAC Syndrome. Otherwise known as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” syndrome. I empathize with that easily distracted mouse from the popular children’s book. Seriously.
Just this morning, I went upstairs to my office to start my day but forgot my coffee. I went back downstairs to get my mug filled with delicious ambition. But I saw my morning devotion book and remembered that I didn’t have my prayer time this morning. I’d turned off my alarm instead of hitting snooze and overslept (no judgment, please). So I tucked the devotion book under my arm and went back upstairs to the quiet of my office and settled in the comfort of my pink couch. I stretched and yawned. My coffee! It’s still downstairs. I trudged back downstairs to get the coffee and eyed a dirty plate on the counter. Oh, I better at least rinse that.
I think you get my point.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with IYGAMAC Syndrome. Okay, some smarty pants might call it ADD, but I prefer “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” syndrome. So what do we do about it? Seriously. I’m asking.
Well, let’s go to the Bible to see what it has to say about it.
But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NLT)
Okay, that’s good advice. So as much as I really want to go refresh my coffee right this very second, I will first finish the rough draft of this post.
Let’s see what else it says.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
If I’m working on something for you (my dear readers), my writing career, my family, and most definitely time with God then I need to focus. I shouldn’t put my needs above others. But if I don’t give my writing, family, and God the proper undivided attention they deserve then I’m not doing my best for them. I’m putting myself first. The dishes can wait.
Alright, one more verse.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4
Ouch! Rude! That hurt. I don’t think of myself as lazy, but I can understand how some of these distractions could actually be a form of procrastination on my part. So I need to be aware of that and make sure that what I’m doing is absolutely necessary and not just procrastination.
Writing this post was honestly for me. I looked up those verses while writing. I didn’t plan this out ahead of time. This was an honest to goodness post of discovery. I’m going to try to remember these verses to prevent further cookie trails of distraction. I hope this helps you too, dear reader!