While I am not the type to make a new year’s resolution, the beginning of each year is a good time to check my dreams, aspirations and goals to see if life is on track; after-all, “your direction, not your intention, determines your destination.” (Andy Stanley). As I considered the achievements of 2010 and what comes next, an overwhelming sense of the need to address the spiritual focus of my life flooded my soul. As I prayed and meditated on what that might mean the words “Putting God first in my life” could not be repressed from my mind’s focus.
This caused a dilemma of logic for me. I have heard preachers call for it, “good” Christians claim it and many admit a sense of guilt around it – but, practically speaking, how does one go about giving God the position of priority #1 in life? Are we to become monks and nuns – I think not since only 1 of the 12 tribes of Israel were called to full-time service. Are we to pray and meditate daily for a greater amount of time than is spent on any other activity – probably not sustainable since most of us need more sleep than this approach would allow for. Are we to give everything we have to the poor and become live in volunteers at the local shelter – while that may actually be the calling on a few lives, it wouldn’t work as an approach for the masses. So, what then? How is a person to put God first? As I pondered this question, I realized that I feel most loved by my children not when they are singing my praises, but instead when they are simply putting into practice the things that I have taught them. Could it be that a similar solution is the practical answer in my desire for God? I think so; therefore, I am resolved to…
- love my wife as she has never experienced love before. I want to show her the fullest expression of everything she means to me.
- parent my children with the care and grace by which my heavenly father deals with me.
- give faithfully and then more.
- serve others with exuberance.
- take care of my body.
- begin with the end in mind.
- live life as it can be lived by no other, making the most of every opportunity that comes my way.