We spend so much of our life listening to what others are trying to tell us and teach us. At age 5 we are sitting in class learning the basics, we continue on through grade after grade building on the basics. Our parents help us to grow in character, our Church feeds into our spiritual life and the media we are constantly surrounded with gives us all kinds of messages. With all this knowledge and input all around us sometimes it feels like our head may explode.
Over the past few years I have been trying to escape this life craziness and figure out what is important in my life. I thought about the relationships in my life: my husband, my daughters, my extended family and my friends. I thought about my Church, my involvement at my daughter’s school and my neighbourhood. Just like most people, I have a lot going on; where do I put my focus?
The answer is so simple that often times we take it for granted. The most important thing in our life needs to be our relationship with Christ. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it. Depending how you look at it, it is pretty easy but in today’s society we really complicate it.
Imagine what life could look like if we put our relationship with Christ over everything else. Life would be easy, not a care or worry in the world. WRONG!
Once you give control over to Christ you never know what could happen. He will choose to grow and develop your character when it may not be on your schedule. Time is required to develop your relationship with your Creator. Think about relationships in your own life, the people you know the best. How did that happen? By investing time to get to know the person. The same is with Christ, you need to spend time with Him studying His Word, meditating on His Word, journaling about His Word, talking with other followers about His Word and choosing to be silent to hear that still small voice. (1 Kings 19:22) Sounds pretty easy, right?
I have been listening to an audio version of the book of Acts. The beginnings of the early church are so exciting for me. To see the leading of God in people’s lives, the choice to be obedient and the miracles that happened in the lives of believers. The apostles did not have an easy time but they remained steady in what they were required to do. Personally, I believe that, that is only possible when you have your priorities right. Your relationship with Christ is above all else and believe it or not, everything will feel like it is falling into place.
Matthew 6:33 “He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
Things in life may not always turn out the way that we want or how we expect but what is necessary for God’s plan.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
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