Pursuit of the Trivial

Through the years a great distraction has been the preoccupation with the insignificant while the important goes unattended. For those not afflicted with this uncCliff Clavenompromising skill set, I need only refer to Cliff Claven of “Cheers” fame (if you have a few years on you) in an attempt to provide a point of reference.

Cliff seemed to have a wealth of inconsequential trivia on the speed dial of his instant recall. Not only were his forays into the unnecessary void of any real value, they seemed unlimited in scope as well as length.

There are other practitioners of assault by the mundane. If you suspect you have earned similar recognition by those who know you, ask. I have probably been guilty myself, although I would rather wonder about the whole thing than be certain.

9588206547_87c60bb10a_mWhile reading casually I stumbled across an interesting tidbit to add to my cranial card file: “The USDA once paid $46,000 for a study to find out how long it took Americans to cook breakfast.”

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That is a pretty insignificant amount of money when the entire national budget is considered, and could easily be dismissed like one of Cliff Claven’s offerings. But on the other hand, on the surface it seems to be an unnecessary use of funds while the national debt soars (or any other time for that matter). Is this, possibly, a “great distraction” while the important goes unattended?

It looks pretty bad when the government does it. It doesn’t look any better when you and I are guilty of the same. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the temporary and lose sight of the eternal.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” – Colossians 3:1-2 (The Message)

Do you ever get distracted by the eternally unimportant? Tell us about it…

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