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23 Mar - What's Important?

Currently, we have five of our six children living with us after several of them have moved back home. As a result, I’ve observed the silly conversations they can get involved in. For example, the discussion they have been having as I write this about having no water in the windscreen wipers and the ability to get fined for it.

This discussion/disagreement went back and forth amongst my three adult children until our youngest daughter walked in and handed out lollies to everyone. Suddenly, the conversation was shifted, the agreement was forgotten, and they all started laughing about something else.

It reminded me how important it is to not focus on the minors when it comes to life and especially our relationships and allow silly arguments, disagreements and differences of opinion to undermine what we have and our ability to relate well to others. Most things simply don’t matter in the big scheme of things.

Perhaps instead of focusing on all the things that annoy us about others, we could actively seek to find the things that unite, bring out the best and gives space for love and acceptance. Much like when our daughter walked into the room and gave out lollies to sweeten the atmosphere, Jesus also sweetens everything in our lives and relationships.

Especially if we seek to know Him, follow His advice on how to live and choose to listen up to his guidance and voice leading us.

Today determine to focus on the important things and people God has brought into your world rather than the little things about others that annoy you. Look for those things you have in common or enjoy with others and which draws you together with others in your world, rather than majoring on the things that in the big scheme of things don’t matter or, as I say, “If you’re not going to remember it in twenty years, it’s not worth stressing about.”

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”. (Philippians 2:3)

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you sweeten everything in our life. Would you please help me to focus on those things that are important and which unite rather than divide me in my relationships and dealings with others today. In Jesus name Amen.

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