I tell my kids that the most important subject they need to know in life is the BIBLE. That the most important relationship they will ever have is with JESUS. That our soul purpose in life is to know Him so well that we are able to boldy tell others about Him so that they too can share that awesome news with others.
Don’t get me wrong; science, math, history, geography, P.E., etc are all extremely important but only if we are using them to glorify Christ. It took me almost 30 years to realize what is really important in this lifetime, what really matters. I want my kids to know this their ENTIRE lives so that they aren’t “chasing the wind” as Solomon said numerous times. That their ultimate goal is to magnify Christ in all that they do and as they work towards this goal, nothing they do will be useless!
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be STRONG and IMMOVABLE Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that NOTHING you do for the Lord is ever USELESS.” –
1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
We can fix our thoughts on so many things; money, music, addictions, relationships, our children, our jobs, our bodies…you name it, we have a way of fixating on it.
If your thoughts are constantly on other things/people and not God, you’re missing out on that perfect peace that allows you to either not think of those things at all or to have complete joy instead of worry, fear, doubt, or anxiety.
Thinking of your kids all the time is wrong? You might ask. Let me explain, if your kids are what gives you the greatest joy in life, imagine the pain you’re going to feel when that joy is disrupted by a wrong decision they make, a disobedient act towards you, or when they decide to leave home to live their own life. Where does that leave your joy….what then?
If your thoughts are fixed on Jesus, the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever… you will have joy even through those times. Better yet, your kids might just pick up on your total surrender to living a life that is so focused on God that you won’t even have to see them go through those things because they choose the same life.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” – Isaiah 26:3 NLT
One of the wise ones that I enjoy listening to is our Pastor and lately he has been talking about meditating on the Word, not just reading it. So I began doing that more and more. I’m still reading it, but I’m also meditating on certain verses and this one has been with me for a couple days, Psalms 1:3 “They (those who delight in the law of the Lord meditating on it day and night Psalm 1:2) are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
I keep getting stuck on these two words, “each season” and in other translations, “in it’s season”. So I thought, okay, no wonder we go through some seasons that seem dry, it’s not the season. But I go back to the meaning of spiritual fruit which is (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) and obviously we should have all of those things in us and coming out of us in ALL SEASONS. Seriously have been going back and forth on this with God and I believe I’m finally beginning to understand it better.
There are stages that a fruit tree goes through. The new leaves (taking in the Word, renewing your mind). The beautiful bloom that comes forth (the way Jesus begins to change you). The fruit that is produced (your heart being filled with love, joy peace, etc). Then the ripening of the fruit (where that love is so good, so real, that others want to have it). In this cycle though, the leaves don’t die off because you keep taking in that living water and the leaves stay fresh and the fruit begins to grow again but each time with a bigger harvest. There doesn’t have to be a season of “dormancy”. I believe this cycle is repeated daily so yes, it is “in it’s season” but all four seasons happen in a 24 hour period if you are daily allowing God’s living water to flow through you.
My 3 year old loves oranges, but since they can be so stringy and easy to choke on, I cut them up for her in small pieces and even peel off the thin layer of skin around each piece just to make sure it’s safe.
Of course she doesn’t want to wait and says she’s a big girl and wants me to give them to her in big pieces which obviously would be much less hassle on my part, right?
However, as her mama, I know what she can handle right now and even though she has to be patient while I get it just right for her, she will enjoy it much more and it will be safer for her.
So next time you really really want something (or someone) but it’s taking a long time to get it. Be patient, God knows what He’s doing and what You need. He’s got this!
My daughter has been begging to have her ears pierced for a long time now…so since she is turning 4 in a couple weeks we thought we’d give it a whirl. We warned her over and over that it was going to hurt….but that the pain wouldn’t last long. Still…watching her sit up on the chair and mama knowing that her little girl was fixing to go through pain, it was really hard.
She did it though….on her own free will….but then screamed at the top of her lungs when she felt the pain. It was hard….I comforted her and she calmed down. However…I knew it wasn’t over and now…knowing how much pain she had to go through the first time, she was not as willing….at all…to get back up in that chair, she was DONE…one was good enough for her. But I knew that once she got through it, she would be so incredibly happy! Well after 15 minutes of negotiating, we finally got through the second piercing and another bout of screaming. 5 minutes later she says, “I want to do it again!!” LOL
So of course….this story leads me to a lesson. Sometimes in life when we want something really bad….maybe a relationship….a career….a ministry…..whatever it may be….a lot of the times we will have to go through something or give up something that we just really really don’t want to. We plead with God…”Just give it to me but don’t make me go through anything hard to get there!” Ever been there? And sometimes as bad as we want it….we’re just not willing to do what it takes to get it….and we walk away from something good. Remember…God knows the end result.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11