Over the past couple days, I've started a couple blog posts and I simply haven't been able to complete them. I'm not really sure what it was but I just couldn't get my heart into it. As I have been writing for quite a while now, I know that the posts I'm not passionate about are the ones that end up being the most shallow or superficial. I've learned that even if the spirit is willing, the heart may not be there, and if the heart is not there I end up writing in vain. It reminds me of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13 when talking of love. He goes so far to say, "If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing" (1 Cor. 13:3).
I think that being said, Paul is pretty sure that love is important. But that's not what I'm going to write about tonight/this morning (it's currently 1:41 in the morning). I think I'm going to write about priorities...yeah let's go with that.
In looking back at my own life, I would say that my priorities have always been something that I've struggled with. It's really a tough job. I mean...we are, for lack of a better word, forced to balance family, friends, relationships, jobs, our academics, as well as (for my Christian readers) a personal relationship with Christ. That's a list of six items right there and I'm positive I could figure out several more.
How do we even begin to tackle that list? How could any real person live a life like that and not have some sort of meltdown? How do we even function with that many things weighing down on us?
Perhaps the better approach is talking of how God can take that busy workload and make it His. Seriously...all that stuff we stress about, lose sleep over, cry about, become irritable from, it can be taken away form your shoulders. How you may ask? Well I'll tell you.
There must be complete surrender. Anything that you hold onto will continue to weigh you down. It's funny but the best way to take control of your life is to give compete control to God. It involves a whole lot of faith and complete reliance in Him and what He says. It's releasing your hands from the wheel and finally being able to say, "God start driving, let me ride shotgun."
I've learned that when your relationship with Christ becomes the priority, everything else begins to fall in place. There is a peace about you that is not disturbed by distractions or unnecessary struggles. You understand that God has a plan and when you are in full focus of that plan, beautiful things begin to happen. People begin to take notice and they are attracted to what you are and what you stand for. That is when you are able to tell them that you don't find your security or identity in anything but the One true God. When they hear that...well you know where I'm going with this.
God gets the glory! People see that you don't stress about the things they stress about, that you're not concerned with boyfriends or girlfriends and all the problems that usually involves. They will see the change in your life and wonder why you are different. And God gets the glory. That my friends, is what we live for. Know your priorities and be still! Be still and know that HE is God.