Have you ever had a rather disappointing experience that cost you unnecessary money? I have.
I was in Bible College. I woke up early enough to have some time for my devotion and the daily journaling I do with members of my online mentorship platform. I attended to a couple of other issues, had my bath and then set out on a very important assignment: COOKING!
I made some noodles to which I added shreds of chicken and some (sort of) fried rice which I had as a left over from the previous day. Long story short: After a long while in the kitchen, the food was ready. I dished it in my lunch pack and came to my room to pick my phone and iPad and set out for school.
When I checked the time, I was already 10 minutes behind my normal schedule. If I’d still have to make it to College on time, then I had to run, jog and walk a bit. And that was what I did.
I got to school panting! I consoled myself with the thought that the food I cooked will make up for the unnecessary extra energy expended. That was when it dawned on me: I LEFT THE FOOD AT HOME!
It was as painful as painful can be. You know when your mind and taste buds had been set to “expectation mode” only to find out later that their specific expectations had been cut short! I almost cried!
When I saw people buying different things at Starbucks during a 10-minute break we had in-between lectures, I could no longer resist the lure. I ordered for a big cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cheese cake to placate my appetite. But no matter what I bought, nothing satisfied my hunger as much as my time-consuming well-prepared chickened rice and noodles would have done.
When all is said and done, the point remained this: I FORGOT THE MAIN THING!
All that to say this: We all have a propensity to do that. In this postmodern world saturated with speed and distractions, it’s very easy to forget the main thing!
Please don’t do that this year! And if you are wondering what the main thing is, a couple of Bible verses should help you:
Matthew 7:17-18 (MSG): “Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. WHO PREACHERS ARE IS THE MAIN THING, NOT WHAT THEY SAY.”
~Who you are is the main thing, not what you say. (Your identity trumps your words).
2 Corinthians 5:9 (MSG): “CHEERFULLY PLEASING GOD IS THE MAIN THING, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions.”
~Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing!
If you merge those two scriptures together, then you will discover that *the main thing for a child of God is to cheerfully please God as His CHILD!*
Receive the grace to do that this year.
I pray that God will grant you the grace to keep the main thing the main thing as you stay unwavering and unflinching at the sight of distractions that could short-circuit the joy of living out our identity in Christ in Jesus’ Name.
Have a great year!
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