Happy Thursday! I’m so glad to be back after taking a short break. As I’ve spent the last two weeks cramming for exams, getting ready for a big event (Chapel’s CD Release on January 4th), and finally just being lazy for a while, I’ve had time to reflect on what’s really important to me. I think it’s important sometimes, to sit back and ask ourselves what our priorities truly are. Are they school, sports, church, or something else? Priorities are important, but they can also be a pain in the butt if we get them out of whack. After all, they wouldn’t be called priorities if they weren’t important to us or the people around us.
Okay, if you’re a teenager, you have to go to school, and if your parents are anything like mine, they demand that you do well. So what do we do? We spend countless hours studying for tests and exams so that we can feel accomplished with a decent grade. We beg our friends for help, because some of this Chemistry is just too hard. We stress ourselves to the point of crying with all the work that we’ve still yet to do in other core classes. We walk around our houses speaking a foreign language just so that we can pass the course again next semester, because you know that it’s only about to get worse. However, the expectation of doing well doesn’t end in school, it extends to sports and other extra-curricular activities that drive us mad and to the point of exhaustion. We spend our hours running around fields and throwing baseballs into the awaiting mitt of our catcher hoping that in the next game we strike out a majority of the players. We run sprints, hoping that we can get faster to beat this year’s 40 time next year.
Now, we go to school for eight hours a day. From 8-3, and practice usually ends around 6. Now we’re at eleven hours spent at school. Oh no! We still have homework left to do which could take two hours. Now it’s 8 pm, and we’ve been doing school related activities for thirteen hours of our 24-hour day. We haven’t even eaten supper yet, so now it’s 8:45 and we still have to take a shower. Well, by the time we’ve taken a shower, it’s 9:15 and we’re so exhausted that we fall into bed asleep before our head even hits the pillow.
But wait, we didn’t do our quiet time before we went to bed, because we were so tired. Was today Wednesday? Did we miss church, because life kept us tied to the things that the world says are most important? It’s okay, right? There’s always tomorrow to do our quiet time and Sunday to go to church again, right? Sure there is, but what about tomorrow when you do the same thing all over again, because you’ve let your priorities be swapped from where God is number one, school number two, and sports number three to where Sports easily sits at number one, school not too far behind at number two, and God sitting UNcomfortably at number three. And I’m talking to myself, because I often find myself in a place where God isn’t number one on my priorities list, but I try to keep them in check so that He never falls below number one.
This isn’t a post to say that sports are bad, or that studying for exams is bad, because truly it isn’t. It’s good to be involved in sports if you like that kind of thing, and it’s great if you’re your class’s valedictorian. I’m not saying don’t work hard to be good at what you do, because to say that is for me to say that I should stop practicing guitar or piano because it gets in the way of my priorities. God wants you to have clean fun. He wants you to enjoy playing sports, playing music, and do well in school. God wants you to succeed at everything you do. He gives us talents that not everyone has so that we may go out and use those talents for Him. However, in saying that, God wants you to spend time with Him. He wants to be first in your life. He doesn’t want sports, school, music, or anything else to take priority over Him. He wants to spend time with you, talk to you, and give you encouragement. Whether that’s through your quiet time or through your preacher’s sermons on Sundays and Wednesdays. God wants all of your life. He wants the sports, the school, the music, but most importantly, He wants your heart. He wants number one position in every aspect of your life, so that nothing is put before Him. He wants to give you peace when you’re stressed about finals, and give you strength when you’re exhausted from practice. God just wants to be number one in your life, all the time, no matter the circumstances.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (NLT)
Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
God lays it out pretty plainly in these two verses that we have to choose who or what we are going to put first in our lives. What is going to be number one in your life? Sports? School? Music? Money? God? We must examine ourselves honestly daily and understand where our priorities lay within our hearts. We must remember that we cannot serve both God and school, sports, music, money, etc… We must choose one master to serve, for our hearts are made to love the one who made us.
I hope all of you have a very Merry CHRISTmas, and remember the TRUE reason for the season! Merry Christmas!
Be His Hands and Feet