Moving toward intimacy

Priorities. You have them, whether or not you can fully articulate them. You make decisions-how to spend your time and money, which career to pursue, which relationships to build, the skills you develop-based on what your think is important. The challenge is to consistently live life in sync with what truly matters.

Putting first things first fosters simplicity. Once you have identified what is important, you can say no to things that are not important. Your life, then, becomes a series of deliberate decisions strung together with a strong thread of purpose. If you do not identify and schedule your priorities your decisions are as haphazard as handful of spilled beads. You spend so much time looking for them and picking them up that you cannot arrange them in any sensible order. How can you take time to gaze into heaven if you are on your hands and knees looking for runaway beads?

If you are having a hard time keeping up with all your beads, this is a great opportunity for you to think about what is really important. This could be the first step to simplify your life and create a spiritual environment conducive to drawing closer to God.

Start by listing four or five of the most important relationships or activities in your life. Day after day, week after week, these are the people and practices most worthy of you r time, energy, and thought. They include knowing God better, loving, and caring of your spouse, children, and friends; staying physically and mentally fit; and so forth.

Are you taking time to plan these priorities into your schedule each week. IF not, what changes do you need to make? Take a close look at your commitments. Are there some you need to graciously back out of in order to allow time for these precious priorities?

There in the clutter, God is waiting to be found-a priceless Pearl around the mess of scattered beads. Simply. Seek Him. And He will honor you r desire to draw near. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and the Holy Spirit will assist you in prioritizing your life so that you may move in to deeper intimacy with God.

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