Philippians 1.9-11 (Common English Bible)
This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.
What captures your attention? What takes over your hearts? What engulfs your imaginations? Could it be food, literature, certain relationships, or works of art? Or moving to our shared church life and lives of faith? Is it fellowship, worship, learning, or outreach? If you are like me, I bet all of these have at one time or another.
These things that capture our attention are the things that make us feel most alive. The tricky part about this is we sometime feel obligated to have to do them all. What if we made it a priority to prioritize what helps us feel most alive as God’s children? What if we took the time necessary to identify a few things that help us feel closer to God and one another? And once we have named the one or two, what are the steps we can take to cultivate them through deliberate and specific action.
When everything is a priority, then nothing is. Sunday we will look at our priorities and hold the preverbal mirror up to ourselves not to shame, but to begin to notice our successes and struggles to begin moving towards the places we are most fully alive.
Grace and peace,
Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church