A few weeks ago, while I was preaching the 2nd service, my shoelace came untied.  As soon as I noticed it, I sat down on the edge of the stage and fixed the problem without missing a beat, at least in my estimation.   I just kept right on preaching. 

After the service, I discovered that unbeknownst to me, it had been untied for quite a while, and some were concerned that it was going to trip me up.  I’m glad I eventually discovered the problem, grateful I did not fall, but also a little grieved that it became a distraction through an oversight on my part.   

I’m not beating myself up that I didn’t notice the problem sooner.  I was in the zone preaching , but it might have been avoided in the first place.  I typically double knot my shoelaces, especially on Sunday mornings, but I failed to do so for some reason that day.  

The bottom line is simply this… distractions abound.  They are unavoidable.  However, we can alleviate some of them by being a little more observant.   Be mindful of your surroundings and the folks around you who might be affected by your actions or maybe the lack thereof.    

Double knot those shoes. 

Bro. James