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What is your priority?
God? Your spouse? Children? Family? Work? Your phone? Church? Facebook?
Some of those kind of hurt a little, huh?
Not too long ago I did a weeklong fast. I had some things on my heart and I knew that it was time I spent some serious time in the Word and on my knees.
Although my fast is over, I'm still learning and seeing some of the effects from that fast.
A question I am still dealing with daily is, "Where are my priorities?" I ask myself that every morning now.
Of course, Jesus is first, then my husband and the list goes on. But, oh how easy it is to get distracted, even when you are doing things in ministry.
I will be the first to admit that I've never been great at balancing my time and telling people "no." I want to be able to do it all, attend everyone's event and so forth.
But that isn't the best way to live your life. Grandma used to say "Young lady, don't get so busy doing God's work, that you aren't spending time with Him."
Of course at the time, I was a teenager when she drilled that in my head and thought she didn't have a clue what she was talking about -- boy was I wrong.
When Kevin and I got married we decided not to pick one church over the other (we both served on staff at our own churches before we were married) and we continue to participate in both of them.
A lot of folks said that wouldn't ever work, but it does for us, for now. It may not always be that way, but again for now that is where we feel called.
But balance is a hard thing and I've seen so many people struggle with it. I can't imagine what it will be like when we have children one day.
Life is constantly changing, things and people that you think will always be there, may not be. But there is one person who never changes, Jesus.
No matter how many times I let things get out of whack because I am trying to do it all, I can always rest easy in His strength.
There is something greater in realizing that things are not balanced. We all need a reality check every once in a while. It reminds us that things could always be worse, that life is but a vapor and that our loved ones are so very important.
I think this economy, the things of this world and sicknesses have caused a lot of people to sit back and realize what priority really means.
When you realize what is really important, or should I say who is important in your life, then you'll start to see the reason for your existence.
He put us all here for a reason, created with a purpose in mind and it wasn't for our own selves or to fill our minds, bodies and lives with things and wasted time.
The Bible says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). And praise the Lord for the understanding and acceptance the He lives and reigns no matter how many times I mess up or give my priorities out of whack.
Happy Father's Day to all of you dads and, most importantly, Happy Father's Day to our Heavenly Father.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.