change-your-priorities-and-you-change-your-life-zero-deanOur family was watching a movie last night called “Mercy Rule” and there was a part that really stuck out to me. The husband makes a huge mistake and he goes to his wife and says, “I ruined everything”.  She responds with, “Who is she?”. “What?” he says,  and she repeats “Who is she?” He finally understands what she’s thinking and says, “No! What? Stop it! No!”.  She replies, “So not ‘everything’.

His idea of everything was his business, his wealth, his livelihood. Her idea of everything was their marriage, their family, their health.

Ever felt like you have ruined everything?  That you have just messed up so bad that your life is over?  That no one could ever love you, think about you, or even look at you?  Just to realize the next day that you were wrong?  But then you mess up a week later and you have that same feeling all over again.

It’s all about perspective and priorities (Your point of view on what’s important).

If the most important thing to you is pleasing people.  Then yes, you will ruin YOUR everything.  You can’t please everyone (and keep your dignity) it’s just not possible.

If the most important thing to you is your boyfriend/girlfriend or even your husband/wife and they leave you, then yes YOUR everything will be ruined.

If the most important thing to you is your looks and something happens that changes that, then yes YOUR everything will be ruined.

If the most important thing to you is a sport and you’re seriously injured, then yes YOUR everything will be ruined.

If the most important thing to you is having money and you lose the career you thought you’d always have, then yes YOUR everything will be ruined.

When we put things in perspective it can completely change the way we look at life all together.  What is the big picture?  What is our purpose of being here on this earth?  You have no idea?  Let me share it with you.  To spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

So think about it.  If the most important thing to you is your relationship with Jesus and telling others about Him, when you disappoint someone, you’ve ruined nothing.  When you go through a break up with someone, you’ve ruined nothing.  If you get dog ugly (at least you think you are) you’ve ruined nothing.  If you’re no longer the world’s greatest athlete, you’ve ruined nothing.  If you’re broke, penniless, out on the STREET, you’ve STILL ruined nothing.

So seriously, what could you do that could possibly ruin EVERYTHING?  Two definitions of everything are, “All things” and “Life in general”.  Can you really ruin all things or life in general?

Even in the case of the husband and wife in the movie.  The wife definitely had a better outlook on “everything”.  Her husband cheating on her would have affected a lot of things, but even THAT could have been fixed by the grace of God.

So next time you feel like you’ve ruined everything.  Step back from the situation, take a deep breath, feel your heart beat and ask yourself if you have a relationship with Jesus.  If you do, you have been completely forgiven of EVERYTHING and He has awesome plans for you!  Go out and spread the good news!

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! – Psalm 103:1-5

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