Our environment stirs, charges, and over-stimulates our senses. We’re overloaded with noise and the tyranny of the urgent! ‘First things first,’ we say. Off we go into our worlds which demand our attention ~ or at least, we think they do.
The question is: To what do we give our attention? In prioritizing, we are prone to mentally list the things that seem the most urgent, the most important, the most demanding. Being a list-maker, I know all too well how easy it is to check off what I feel is most pressing, and leave off that which I deeply need ~ time with Him!
Quiet, meditative time … time without music … yes, even my favorite Christian music. Stillness and quietness with Him. Where He prioritizes my life for me.
Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision–you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. [Philippians 3:17-19 Message]
Many pointless things draw our attention away from ‘the goal’ Paul speaks of. A number of things drain our energies and re-direct our focus to that which is of the world rather than the Kingdom of God. Caught in that spiral, our spiritual senses become dulled to the point that we can no longer discern that which is of the Lord and that which is just empty, meaningless fluff.
Paul continues: “But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like His own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which He is putting everything as it should be, under and around Him.” [3:20-21]
‘First things [Kingdom] first’…then all these things [my re-prioritized list] shall be done unto me.