Time magazine conducted a survey asking what people believed was their biggest need. The results revealed that for most it was to know their purpose and why they were born.
It poses the question, “What am I doing? What consumes my life; time, thought, and energy?
We can so easily run ahead, doing what we think up at the time, and what feels good. If that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t have an obesity and health crisis, people would be in healthier relationships, have less debt and financial pressure, and would enjoy more fulfilling jobs and edifying pursuits.
Instead, we can get ourselves so busy ticking the boxes of what should make us happy, (money, success, that girl or guy, kids, travel, and material possessions). We find ourselves “so busy making a living we forget to make a life.”
Whereas God encourages us to invest our lives in what and who will have lasting significance. He urges us to measure our days, to make the most of every opportunity, and to seek Him for the best plan for our lives.
He cautions us in the process of pursuing our dreams and living our lives to make eternal things a priority. The television shows we watch, and the latest news on social media won’t last. All our knowledge, it won’t last. The wealth we accumulate won’t last. Getting our name in the history books doesn’t even matter if we fail to get our name in our book in heaven.
The only things that really matter are those things that have eternal significance. Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36).
He wants our focus to be on “Seeking first the kingdom of God" and promises that all the other things the world says are important will be added to us also without us having to strive or struggle to gain them.” (Matthew 6:33).
Our priority is to seek God first and foremost, then everything else will make sense. Our relationships will be richer and the right ones for us, and what we spend our days doing will be purposeful and fulfilling.
Making God a priority simply means giving Him our time and attention. We can easily determine what our priorities are by how much time we spend with someone or something. If God is number one in our life, we’ll give him time and choose to make what He says guide us in all we do and who we are.
I encourage you to take a breath, have courage and honestly examine your life. You have a God-given purpose, gifts, and abilities to bless the world with. One day your life will pass before your eyes. Determine today to make it worth watching”
“Therefore, see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 Amp)
Prayer: Lord, please help me to measure my days and to live a life filled with meaning and purpose. I ask for wisdom to prioritise what and who is important and to put you first in my day. In Jesus name Amen.