Posts Tagged ‘importance’

  

“For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives.” (Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On February 26, 2015, Myriah Pointer of Atlanta, GA, sat down one evening with friends to hang out. What she didn’t know was that a friend’s hamburger was underneath her. That woman became enraged at Strickland, and what ensued was a 2-hour videotaped beatdown of Strickland by her 3 “friends”, resulting in facial fractures and broken teeth. All 3 women were arrested and all because of a flattened Burger King Whopper Junior. 

It’s easy for anyone to lose sight of what really matters. Whether at the job, at home, in hobbies, or even in church, spirit-filled believers can so focus on the immediate and temporary that we forget the needful and eternal things. A flap over a hamburger is just as silly as a church split over carpet color or a divorce over bathroom counter clutter!

Let what is important to God be important to you: seeing souls saved, being filled with the Holy Spirit, hungering for His presence, and aiming for Eternity. The temptation to focus on trivial or downright stupid stuff will always be around. Let God help you to instead focus on what really matters! You are loved today! 

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Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

As I write this, our local high school football team, the Poyen Indians, and numerous parents are slogging through the cold rain to a second-round playoff game across the state. In our team devotion this morning, I encouraged them in playing hard and giving their best, and to be proud for achieving our school’s best record ever! But can we ask God to help us win?

In all of our battles in life, there is effort on our part, whether it’s in our marriage, overcoming addictions, or simply finding the will to press on each day. God comes alongside and helps us to overcome whatever we face. Regardless of its magnificence or urgency, if it’s important to you then it’s important to God because you are important to God!

There will probably be Christian students on the other team praying, and somebody will leave the field tonight having lost. Even losses become victories if it makes us more Christlike. So, when we pray, ask for what you will knowing that you don’t have if you don’t ask! But always finish every prayer the way Jesus did: “Father, let YOUR will be done.” If it’s so, then you will always win! You are loved! Have a great weekend! (And Go Indians!)

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Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25‬ NLT)

Stephen R. Covey, author of numerous leadership books, shares his insight on the time wasters of our life: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” We chase what we believe is important only to look back years later and recognize that is was to please people that didn’t like us, to buy things that we gave away shortly thereafter, or to climb the corporate ladder only to find that we hated the job.

Jesus reminds us that we are meant for more than the trivial and the grandiose. Life is accomplished by enjoying the contentment of what we have and who we enjoy it with. By establishing Christ-centered priorities, we are saved from chasing what doesn’t matter and released to find those things that bring joy in this life and reward in the next.

With this being back-to-school time, it’s an excellent opportunity to revamp our priorities list. With my own life only four brief years from the Empty Nest, it’s makes me ask certain questions in order to see the better answers. Take time to truly appreciate the life God gave you! You are loved to live today!