One of the problems that we often face as volunteers in children’s ministry is maintaining focus in our “day jobs.” When you are passionate about something, it is hard not to focus on it and hard not to get sidetracked about it. Think back to the first time you really fell in love. How much time did you spend thinking about your new love? How much of your day was consumed dreaming about what the future might hold? If you are parent, do you remember the first days back to work after your child was born? How often did you stare at their picture wishing you were home? How much of your time was spent contemplating/worrying about their future? How many times did you call home just to see how they were doing? This tendency towards distraction is consistent in anything that we are passionate about.
When I am not very intentional about it, it is very easy for me to let my passion for children’s ministry distract me when I should be focusing on my day job. Since I spend a chunk of my day working with computers, it would be quite easy to allow my mind to wander, to dream about children’s ministry, to think about the lesson for the coming weekend and more. On a more concrete level, things like e-mail, conferences, online research and more can easily interfere with your “day job.” Instead, I must be very intentional about focusing on what I should be doing at that particular moment.
When our passion does not align with our responsibilities, there is clearly a tendency to get distracted from our responsibilities. Here are some of the things I do to help me maintain my focus: