Terce- the marker of midmorning

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2013

“We live in an age of continuous partial attention.” -Microsoft researcher Linda Stone

In Chapter 6 (“Active Life: A Slower Pace in a Faster World”) of The Attentive Life, Leighton Ford defines Terce as the marker of midmorning.   Terce is the time when we take a break from our morning routine to refocus on the Holy Spirit and the aliveness of His presence.

This practice is essential because it’s so easy for us to become distracted.  When we become distracted, our first inclination is to blame our environment.  The reality is that the major source of our difficulties is our distractible selves.  So often we let the “many things” of life pull our attention away from the “main thing” that should be the focus of our attention (Luke 10: 41-42).

Distractions can be quite innocuous, such as amusements or diversions that relax us.  On a more serious level, distractions can pull us away from what we innately know is our fundamental purpose or direction,  Often we are confused by conflicting emotions and worries, making us increasingly vulnerable to all the distractions surrounding us.

Today’s question: Following your ministry downsizing or position loss, what major distractions are deflecting your attention from Jesus?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Faster world- slower church?”

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