Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Where Do Our Priorities Lie?

The older I get, the more heartache I see in the world, the more I see the frailty of life, the more I ask myself, "Are you redeeming the time?"  I am quickly closing in on my 50th year and I realize that I have most likely lived longer than I have left to live.  Do I make everyday count?  

Sad to say…I do not.  There are days when I lose my temper, speak in frustrated tones to my family, spend too much time doing things that matter little in the scope of eternity, spend too little time reading the Word and praying which matters greatly in the scope of eternity, living more for that "utopia" that will never be, and not living in the reality that God has given me with a thankful heart.

I am so frail.  I am so imperfect.  I fail so very often.  I am like a flower that quickly fades.  I am so finite.  But I am so thankful that the Infinite God has chosen to love me despite all those flaws.  I so don't deserve it.  Really, none of us deserve His love, mercy, grace, redemption.  But how much we should rejoice that we have it.

I am praying that God helps me to redeem the time He has given me.  To be light and salt to those around me…to live out my thankfulness to Him by living moment by moment in His Spirit.

How are our priorities?  What are you doing today that will further the Kingdom, draw you closer to Him, be a witness to others?  Our time here is so short…let's redeem every moment for the glory of God!


Anonymous said...

I could relate to some of things you were saying about being finite, frail, and chasing after the "utopia," that will never be. You must be reading my heard today. :)

Sometimes it's difficult to stay focused on Him in this chaotic world. I bet this is why He wants us to spend more time with Him in prayer and reading His word so that we don't get "off-track" so much.

Also, I enjoyed the lovely pictures of your children. You are truly a blessed Mama. Don't forget that, for this is the most important thing, more important than that "silly Utopia." :)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Our time is so very short! I want to make every breath count for God's glory, though sadly I do not. It is my goal though and I'm closer to it than I was :) Great post. Love that pic of your daughter sitting at the table. She is adorable!

1ofHis said...

I really struggle with speaking in frustrated tones with my family....especially when I'm in a hurry. Enjoyed your post!

Trisha said...

So mindful of this, sweet friend. Encouraging words, and I'd never guess you were anywhere near 50. I think 50 must be the new 30. Hugs!!

Vicki said...

Beautiful post and beautiful children too!

Hope you are having a wonderful week.


Ma said...

What a lovely family.

I have been kind of "short" with my bunch lately, too. Each moment is a gift, and we would all do well to remember that.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Oh, I echo this prayer! Your pictures were adorable too.

Lois said...

Thank you! I agree with Ordinary Woman, you were reading my heart too, and I also reached the 50th milestone. Panic set in that I am failing my children. That homeschooling is my idol. That even though I tried following a certain formula, my children will still need the grace of our Lord, NOT what I've done for them. I am completelya inadequa53. (My cat is helping me typE

The Adventures of a Simple Life said...

This is the one of the things the Lord has been showing me the last few years...I m still learning but am thankful to see how the Lord has grown me since then...and I am thankful for each time He convicts me of my today when I spoke harshly to a child who then reminds me in love... "a soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger."

Chelle said...

Great post. i struggle with some of those things too.

Sarah said...

Such an amazing post! This really spoke to my could have been me thinking those words!

Thank you for posting this!