January 2015 One Thing
How are those New Year’s Resolutions going?
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42)
Those of us who are regulars at the YMCA are always overrun with hordes of “resolvers” (as my friend calls them) every January. They take over the parking spaces, the machines, and the lap lanes. But we know we’ll survive if we’re patient. 90% will be gone by February. And sure enough, there’s plenty of space this week!
My lofty resolutions this year did not involve adding all sorts of valuable activities to my schedule. Instead, I want to subtract. To center in on my top priorities, and to truly enjoy and excel at those goals.
But I had to laugh at myself the other day. I considered what was truly essential, strategic, and vital in my life. And I narrowed it down to ten top priorities. Ten top priorities? Ten things I need to keep at the top of the stack? Really, Linda?
No matter how I prioritize life, God always takes it back to one priority. One. One thing.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-15)
One thing. One? Really, God?
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
It’s not that I sit around 24 hours a day, meditating on my belly button! But it’s a life that flows out of God’s agenda, God’s direction, God’s power, and God’s priorities. He gives the marching orders. It’s amazing how much I accomplish when I seek one thing first. He makes sure that my life lines up with His priorities. My life needs to flow out of a center that is stayed upon Jehovah.
In His love,