Friday, May 6, 2016
The surprising indicator of your true priorities
"Your days never fail to betray your priorities." -Ann Voskamp
If someone were to ask me what is most important in my life, I would say:
1. My Faith
2. My Marriage
3. My/my husband's health
4. My family
5. My friends
Yet, as I look at what I did today, I feel a little sick. What did I do today that perpetuated any of these things?
You know what I did today?
I woke up> got dressed> helped Jacob package up some phones that we sold on eBay> shipped those phones> went to work> wrote this article> and then went home where I watched a television show with my husband.
Where did I spend time with Jesus? Where did I pray for my husband? Where did I care for a friend? Where did I take some time to work on my own health or that of my husbands?
I didn't. How can I say those things are my priorities, when my day didn't reflect any of my priorities. If a stranger looked in on my life, they would say my priorities were mostly self-serving. This is where my sin is detrimental for my priorities. My sinful self focused on relaxing and taking it easy today instead of working toward my goals and glorifying Jesus. What a shame.
Humans are notorious for saying they want something, (a better job, a better relationship with their spouse, a healthier body, etc) and yet not taking a single step toward this goal on a daily basis. That's why we're so inspired by those that truly transform their lives. It's phenomenal, and it takes extraordinary measures of commitment and discipline.
What do we see when we look at the daily activities of Jesus? Do we see a man that proclaimed to be the Savoir of the world, but was actually distracted by the mundane or tempted by complacency? No, we do not. We would not worship a God like that. He said he would come to save the world, and he did just that. That is why he deserves our reverence and daily worship.
As Christians, we strive to be like Christ every day. Sometimes we hit our mark, and sometimes (most of the time) we fail. Like me today, you might look back on your day and realize you did nothing that you claim you want to do.
Paul wrote in Romans about this human condition: