Posts Tagged ‘priorities’

  

“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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Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” (Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭45-46‬ NLT)

As I stood in line at the pharmacy to get my kids’ flu medicine (yep, we got it), I wasn’t prepared for the “sticker shock” of good health. To get 2 prescriptions for 2 kids, the cost was almost $600! After much hyperventilating and head-scratching, I asked about my kids’ insurance; wasn’t it supposed to cover it?! After finding insurance proof, the total cost of childhood health was reduced to $20. Hmmmm, that makes for an interesting discussion for another day.

My kids are worth whatever price I have to pay. What’s $600 compared to life and death? The same must be argued about God, forgiveness, a home in Heaven, and blessings down here below. Is all of that worth the price of discipleship and right living? Can’t I be holy and have my cake too?!

There is no shortcut to being right with God. Priorities say that certain things are worth any price to us. Make sure that God fits into that category. A “generic” Jesus served only at convenient moments will leave you empty-handed when life lands on your head! Pay the price, it’s worth it! You are loved today!

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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!

How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.” (Psalms 111:2 NLT)

In 1967, Charles Hummel wrote a book entitled “The Tyranny of the Urgent”, dealing with the needs and demands that assault our time, making sure we accomplish our priorities. As a Christian writer, Hummel’s prescription was to temper our own compulsions and reactions to external pressures of the moment with personal spiritual inventory, and set priorities based on “prayerful waiting on God’s instruction.”

Now we are assaulted by increasing waves of information and stimuli. Demands for immediate response. Lack of privacy. It is often tempting to let what is urgent get in the way of what’s important. If we’re not careful, God will perform miracles daily to get us through to the next urgency, but we miss the beauty of the fact that we just witnessed a miracle! The daily miracles are our reminder that God DOES exist and that our little lives ARE important to Him!

As you come to church today, let God remind you of all the good things He has done in your life. He will help you to remember (v.4), which helps you to realize that you are blessed and favored by a living, gracious God! Don’t miss favor for the frustrations! You are loved today!

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