“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke chapter 10, verses 41-42)
What you prioritize now will determine where you are in ten years.
Let that sink in…
What. I. Prioritize. Right. Now. Will. Determine. Where. I. Am. In. Ten. Years.
Not enough time
It seems as if there is never enough time to give to the things that really matter. There’s always an assignment due, crucial meeting to attend, or deadline to meet, that prevents us from connecting with a loved one, having our devotions, or spending time with our children etc.
Then we blink, and wonder when the years went by. Why aren’t so and so and I close anymore? When did my child grow up? Where did the distance in my relationship with God come from?
The truth is however, that there is always time for the things we prioritize. In His wisdom, God who dwells in eternity, placed us within time to give us the opportunity to choose what is important. He allots to us all 24 hours each day, and gifts us the ability to make choices that decide our destiny.
Someone once said, get a vision in God that spans ten years, then work backwards.
When drawing a straight line, a couple of degrees off may not seem like a big deal. However, if we continued to draw in that off-direction we’d realise soon enough that not only would we not arrive where we intended, but also that the distance between where we intended to be and where we ended up was far greater than we initially expected.
Similarly, our small decisions today either draw us closer to the Lord Jesus or push us further away. Our choice to prioritize growing in God by remaining faithful to the place of prayer, reading the Word, fellowship and other spiritual disciplines (fasting, giving, etc.) in the midst of competing life demands counteracts. The drift that occurs naturally due to the passage of time. Fires if left unattended burn out, they must be maintained and fuelled.
Discipline to delight
Intimacy with Jesus takes time to stand the test of time. We must do the work needed to sustain our relationship with Him, knowing that this duty continued in will become a discipline that in turn will become delightful!!!
We like Mary of Bethany must choose the better part, and esteem sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him, as a costly investment of which a worthy God is deserving. We can receive grace to hold on to His promises of joy in the place of prayer and press past the drudgery, urgent, and mundane into encounter and delight.
This year let us be intentional about setting aside time consistently to seek the face of God, and prepare ourselves to run in such a way that will sustain us for a lifetime.
Francesca Tavares (West Indies) is a daughter, sister, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.