• Jill Jarrell Newsome


I am thankful for the manners that I was taught growing up in the South. There are certain things that I remember like it was yesterday. When we were at my Granny's house everyone would come over for supper. All of my uncles wore hats and they always removed them when we said the blessing and they never wore them to the table. Table manners were always important to my Granny and Grandaddy and their children and grandchildren knew how to behave whether at home or somewhere else. And a man never wore his hat in church!

Recently I was watching a video of "Revelation Song" which is very worshipful to me. Immediately my eyes went to the ball caps that two of the band members were wearing. I let those caps interrupt my worship. Shame on me! I was there with the intent to worship but so quickly I was distracted! Thankfully I immediately asked God to help me focus on Him. I could have let something so silly keep me from something so special. Within moments I had chills from this worship service. "Holy, holy, holy is our Lord God Almighty! Who was and is and is to come. Praise to the King!" I was in the presence of the Lord God Almighty and I almost missed it because of two ball caps!!

While I wish these guys had of taken off their caps in worship I believe they had their priorities straighter than I did. They were "all in" praising God! "Praise to the King of Kings you are my everything and I will adore You!" They were preparing for what we will be doing one day in the very presence of God - worshiping! Revelation 7: 11-12, "All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: 'Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!'”

When we go into church our distractions do not stay in the car! But we can learn to ask God to take those distractions from us. 1 Corinthians 7: 35, "I am saying this to help you, not to try to keep you from marrying. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few other things as possible to distract your attention from him." TLB Social media gets a lot of blame for distracting us but distraction is a choice we make to escape something demanding. Distraction is our active choice. 1 Samuel 12: 24, "Trust the Lord and sincerely worship him; think of all the tremendous things he has done for you." God wants us to worship without distractions.

When we find our mind wandering let's ask God to help us pay attention. Let's thank Him for helping us in this battle to fix our eyes on Him. Maybe one day we can say what the psalmist said, "My soul followeth hard after thee." KJV