Priorities, focus and balance

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
(Matthew 6:25 (NIV))

There goes the fashion industry and the restaurants and the food industry.

We, as a society, spend so much time dwelling, or should I say fixating, on these things that we forget what is important.

Clothes grow old and get worn out. Fashion is primarily geared toward drawing attention, yet where is the attention drawn to? The hottest designers won’t even matter in a hundred years. The hottest, trendiest accessories will fade with time. All of this, and we have forgotten who gave us life and what we truly need for clothing.

Food is important, but have we made it too prevalent within our society? We have family arguments over what will be had for dinner. We have fast food around almost every corner, and we have culinary delights that would make any person’s mouth water. Yet, we seem to have forgotten who has given us the food to begin with.

The words recorded in Matthew tell us something about ourselves in relation to how we treat clothes and food. We have taken a necessity and turned it into something that could easily be considered a sin. It can become a sin if we allow it to take priority in our lives over God, our family, our friends, and our true needs. If we allow things that we want to become our “needs,” then we have failed at correctly establishing our priorities.

Life is a precious gift. It is filled with many things that are truly marvelous – things that are truly gifts from God. These are the things that are important.

Don’t misunderstand me, for I honestly believe that God has given us a sense of beauty. He has also given us the pleasures of taste and smell. It is when we focus on these, and other things, instead of focusing on Him and His desires for our lives, that the words within Matthew can become true.

Priorities, focus and balance. All things have a place within our lives. Don’t let the wrong ones become your master.

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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