How Does This End?

Wow!  God is talking loudly to me about his truth in Psalm 39.  First, he reminded me that life is short.  Got it!

Now – what is my legacy?

In this Psalm, David is talking to God and he says, “We are merely moving shadows, and all of my busy rushing ends in nothing.

Nothing?!  My busy rushing ends in nothing?

How worthless is that?  That’s not what I want my life to be about!

Do you?

I know – it’s all about priorities.  We all have 24 hours in each day – it’s the great equalizer.  So, when someone says they didn’t have time to do something or they don’t have time to something else, it really means it’s just not a high priority for them.  Because they have time – we all have the same 24 hours in a day.

How do I spend my time and treasures?  What am I busy with?

How about you?

God is very clear that my priorities need to be loving him and loving others.  I have written this truth in this blog probably hundreds of times and I will write it hundreds of more times – because it’s the truth.

And God’s truth does not change.  It doesn’t change over time and it doesn’t change for different people.

You have the same priorities.

And I am very confident if you and I spend our fleeting time on this earth loving God and loving others, God will bless our actions and our lives will have much more meaning than ‘busy rushing which ends in nothing’.  God has a purpose for our lives and, after we have walked into heaven, he wants to be able to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Dear Father, Please help me keep my priorities lined up with your’s.

The Immediate

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew in Genesis 25.

This doesn’t make sense.Jan 11 2015 The Trade Off

Esau was going to inherit the majority of Abraham’s wealth and he trades it for a bowl of stew?

Not smart!

We would never do something like that!

Or….would we?

Are we doing this when we fill up our calendars with good things and we have no time for the best things?  The best things that bring long-term benefits? Benefits that we don’t see right away?

Like regular 1 – on 1 time with God?  Are we too busy?

Like significant time making memories with our family?  Memories that don’t include running from calendar item to calendar item?  The memories that include lots of laughter and fun like playing poker on a rainy day in Italy with elbow macaroni as chips. (My family will smile at that one :).

When we buy items with credit cards that we can’t pay off right away, we’re doing the same thing.  We’re trading off a happier, debt-free life in order to have something right now.

The ‘immediate’ calls to us.  It’s very loud.

We have a hard time not listening and responding.

God promises us in James 1 that he will give us a generous amount of wisdom……when we ask.

We just need to take the time to ask and then obey as he guides us.

None of this happens immediately.

We need to turn down the volume on the ‘immediate’ in our lives and turn up God’s volume.  How do we do this?  We’re doing it right now as we read and study and internalize God’s word to us.

Forget the immediate – we want God’s best.

So we’re focusing on you,  Abba Father.