“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34 (NIV)
“I never have time to do anything!” “How do they afford to travel around Europe?!” “Why does life seem so much easier for them?”
These are just a few statements we’ve uttered to each other (and to ourselves) in the last few months. Ironically enough, we’re typing up this post at 4pm after a busy weekend and extremely busy Monday wondering where the time went. It’s so easy to become distracted by “important” stuff that we sometimes miss the mark. So, in this week’s Milk & Honey (P.S. See the reasoning behind calling it Milk & Honey here), we’re talking about priorities.
Yup. This is one we definitely struggle with, especially as we figure out the direction of our blog and how to navigate a work/life balance. We can get so sidetracked into thinking we know what’s important in our lives, which can hold us back or delay our progress without us even realizing it until too late. A perfect example of missing the mark is laid out in the Bible when Jesus and his disciples came to a village and were invited into a woman named Martha’s home.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was so distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord don’t you care that my sister has left me to do work by myself? Tell her to help me!’
‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.’ Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
You see, we’ve all thought the same way as Martha in one sense or another. We thought we were doing the right thing and got upset when others seemed to not be carrying their weight or made their successes look easy. We’ve all grumbled to ourselves and wondered if they even deserved it – which is a totally different topic that we can get into another week! It’s so easy to get a jealous heart looking at someone else’s life from the outside.
Ever scroll through Instagram and get upset looking at the photos of people doing fun things and wonder why you can’t be doing the same? Yeah, it happens to all of us. We as humans are curious by nature and crave to live an adventurous life. It can be hard when we feel like we’re working so hard towards a goal and everyone around us seems to get it so effortlessly. We worry and over-analyze our entire life instead of looking at the One who created us all. We forget that we can find refuge and solace in Him and gain a sense of clarity about our own lives.
Instead, we worry about keeping up appearances, looking like we have it together or in Martha’s case, being a good hostess. But, we forget that Jesus doesn’t care about any of that. He cares about our hearts and spending time with us, so we can get to know Him on a deeper level. As we press into Him and love Him, we get to know ourselves better and our priorities will change.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:32-34 (NIV).
This verse isn’t saying that He wants us to quit our jobs, give away all our belongings and stop paying our bills. It’s saying that all of these worldy things that surrounds us are things that can vanish in a second, so why worry about trivial things? Instead, He wants us to store our treasures in heaven meaning that in everything we do, we do it for God’s glory, not our own. We do things for Him, not others.
Furthermore, He is saying that we have time for everything that matters. Have you ever taken a financial peace class or spoken with a banker about your finances and started putting all your expenses into different categories? It’s really eye-opening to see where your money is going every month, isn’t it!? And that’s exactly what God wants us to do with our lives. He wants us to re-evaluate the things we think are so important and start focusing on working toward’s the promises He has set forth for our lives. We can guarantee that the things we deem as “important” are not the things that are important to Him.
So, instead of worrying about how to impress everyone or wondering why all your Facebook followers seem to go on a new vacation every single month, we challenge you to set aside some time with God and really delve into how He wants you to use your gifts and talents. One person’s path is not necessarily your path to “success” and by focusing on getting the right priorities, we will become realigned with what is most important – our relationship with Jesus so that everything else will happen naturally.
Questions over coffee:
What are the gifts and talents that you think God has created you for that can help bring people closer to Him?
If you struggle with comparing your life to someone else’s through social media, how can you turn that comparison trap into focusing on God’s promise for your own life?
If you could go anywhere or do anything, what would it be and why? After thinking about it, use your prayer time to delve into His word and get some clarity on how that aligns with God’s plan for you!
We hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your week! And thanks so much for commenting, liking and sharing with us! We value every single person who has ever visited our website, followed our Instagram and supported us with kind words of encouragement! We hope to one day grab coffee with every single one of you lovely people. Until then, we’ll just have to all drink a virtual latte or two! xx