By Rachel Stewart
“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
During Christmas break last year, I began painting my living room. There wasn’t a TV in there (bummer, right?) and I needed some background noise. So I fired up my computer and started listening to Rick Warren’s sermons on the Saddleback Church podcast.
What an impact that has made in my life.
I started listening to podcasts more and more each day. As I started filling up my mind and heart with truth, the Lord opened my eyes. I began to see all the worthless garbage I had been feasting on for so long. I had allowed so much JUNK to fill up my life, I had gotten immune to it.
The more we are in the darkness, the more we grow accustom to it.
But thankfully the truth sets us free (John 8:32).
I had gotten distracted. I had gotten busy. Busy with school. Busy with my hobbies. Busy doing lots of things that I thought were important. And some of those things were GOOD things. Slowly but surely the distractions of life began to consume my life and time for God landed on the back burner. I had lost sight of what my main purpose was.
Our enemy is subtle.
I’m learning that it’s not always the big obvious sins that get us off track spiritually. Often it’s the little things that derail us.
Sometimes even GOOD things can cause us to lose sight of the BEST things.
Here are a few of the things that Pastor Rick has shared that I have been thinking a lot about here lately.
He says that the worst thing that can happen to us is not death. The worst thing that can happen to us is to miss our PURPOSE in life.
What is our purpose in life? LOVE. Life is all about love. It’s about loving God and loving others. Luke 10: 27 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Rick says we all have the same amount of time each day–24 hours. We say we don’t have time to spend with God, but it’s not a “time” issue. We will find time to do what matters most to us. It’s about our priorities.
The way we spend our time reflects what we value most.
Time is the most precious thing we have. And we cannot get that time back that we have wasted. All we can do is make the most use of the time that we have left.
So I have been trying to get a better grip on my focus and purpose.
And, please note, I have a LONG WAY to go.
Here is one practical way Rick Warren says we can make God the number one priority in our lives. He says to pray before we get out of bed in the morning, “Lord, if I don’t get anything else done today, help me to know You better and love You more.”
That prayer has really impacted my life. If I don’t get everything on my “to do” list done, that’s okay. But if I know God a little better and love Him a little more at the end of the day, then that day was a day well spent.
What kinds of things do you do to keep loving God and others at the top of your priority list?
I hope you have a wonderful day today. I’m honored that you take time to read these little devotionals. I would love to hear and learn from you too. Life is so much better TOGETHER.