I spend the majority of my day planning what I am going to get accomplished, both for my short term, long term, and lifetime goals; and every day, a bazillion thoughts about how to make good on my plans tumble through my mind. In fact, sometimes I get so consumed with my plans, my desires, my goals, my way, (it can be maddening at times) that I forget that without God’s will and direction, I can do nothing.
A better alternative is to get into the Lord’s presence, and cast all my cares upon him. Why? Because he cares for us. In all of our busyness, leaving God out of our plans is a BIG mistake on our part. It’s not that he is a mean God and he will strike us down if we don’t seek his face; but our lives will surely be more pleasant if we learn to trust God and stay in his presence.
If you haven’t noticed, our world is getting more troubled as the days go by. I wonder what will it take to get our attention and our minds back on what truly matters in life. If we don’t know what matters, we really need to pray about it.
So, what matters to me?
I think that the things that matter the least, I spend the majority of my precious time pursuing. What an awakening this has been for me.
It takes me back to a time when family is really all that we had. There was not much money beyond providing the basic necessities in life, but we didn’t feel deprived of worldly possessions because we had all we really needed: each other.
It has been said that someone who is breathing the last breaths of life desires family to be with them, not their bank account balances, cars, properties, or other worldly possessions. Those things do not hold up to the investment of love from a family member. If there are regrets, it is for lack of enough time to spend with the ones you love.
It’s time that I start listening to God. He says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). When the world would like to distract you and stir up confusion and fear, remember to be still. No matter what tries to take your attention away from what is truly important, always remember that “In his presence is fullness of joy, and at his right hand are pleasures for evermore.” The time is short before his return. Will you have regrets that you didn’t spend enough time? This week’s Lattereign reminds us of how beneficial it is to be in the Lord’s presence.
What is a writer? Someone who writes. For me, writing means to observe the world in a fresh way; it gives us encouragement when we are struggling to follow the path, and hope that we can keep pressing towards the mark. Writing gives us grace for the journey, and shines light into the darkened places of our soul.