Where is your focus? Is it on the Lord, or is it on yourself?
I often become distracted from the things that really matter. I become focused on myself: what I want to do, what people think of me, and other things that seem very important, but really aren’t. The Lord should be the highest priority in each of our lives, but how often does He get pushed to the back burner? How often do we roll over and go back to sleep when we know we should be reading our Bibles? How often do we put our nose in a book or turn on the computer when we know we should read a book to our little sibling?
What are your priorities? Make a list in your mind of what your priorities are, from highest to lowest.
Okay, now that you’ve got that figured out, keep reading. Don’t we mix up our priorities? How often is this the order:
2. Ministry (or other things I enjoy)
3. everything and everybody else?
In my life, I know where my focus should be. It should be on:
and 3. ministry, in that order.
GOD, spending time with Him; Family, serving and spending time with them; and ministry, developing my talents to use for His glory.
But how often do I get distracted? How often do I forget to read God’s Word? or forget about my family and focus on myself? and focus on ministry instead?
I’ll be honest with you, it’s hard for me to balance time among ministry, family, and God. I’d rather work on writing a post for this website, or work on a book, or practice my music- all of which I enjoy- when I really should be serving my family. I regularly read my Bible and pray, and I often think that’s enough, but instead of working on something that I’d love to, shouldn’t I be spending even more time with the Lord? He should be my greatest focus! The Bible says,
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
We can’t live on bread alone, or on internet alone, or on books alone… you fill in the blank. We need to make sure that we spend a lot of time with the Lord. This magazine and website is targeted at unmarried young ladies. As single young people, we have a lot more time than we would if we were married. In I Corinthians 7:34 it says,
“There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”
That’s pretty obvious. We are to care for the things of the Lord, and spend time doing things for Him. It’s not worthwhile to spend time doing things that will not have an impact on eternity.
Yes, many of the things that I mentioned above can have an impact on eternity: writing an encouraging post for a website like this one may turn someone to Christ, or simply encourage them in their walk with Christ. Writing a book could do the same thing. Practicing God-honoring music, to prepare for a church service, can also be a way to serve the Lord. However, we need to make sure that we have our priorities in order.
Dear friend, I ask you to re-evaluate your priorities. Where is your focus? It is worth it to spend time with the Lord before your day really begins; it will make a big difference in your attitude! Make sure that your family (and house) are doing well before going online, reading a book, or doing whatever else you want to do. Make them your priority! God has given you a family for a reason; shouldn’t we embrace His gift?
Note: I apologize that this post is five days late. I also apologize that it was a little disorganized and I didn’t make a lot of graphics. Please forgive me, and I hope you are having a wonderful July! 😉