The post that I had decided to write today was about technology and the ever-present temptation to waste all of our time on it, and to dive into false “fun” on the internet, wasting our days away with MySpace and instant messaging. But, ironically, that post was deleted accidentally. Got to love technology.
But it reminded me of a few things. First of all, our lives can be like the text file. They can be suddenly gone in an instant, never to be seen again on the screen of our computers, or rather, on earth. James tell us that we
are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
That really hits home, especially for many of us who are in our teens. Our lives seems to stretch out ahead of us, and the possibilities seem endless. It’s as if we’ll never face death. But we will, and it’s real, and it’s coming faster than some of us know. I really think that needs to remind us that we don’t have all the time in the world to serve Christ with all of our lives. That’s why I’ve started right now. I’m not going to waste this time I have now. I once read in a book where the author exhorted the young men reading the book to take advantage of their youth, because it fades quickly. And I’ve really strived to take that to heart, because I really don’t want to take the strength that I have now for granted. I want to be fully used by the Lord, no matter how old I am. I believe that I can be used of God just as much as someone who has a doctorate degree in theology. God can, and will, use me if I allow him to. And I want to allow Him to use me right now.
Another thing that the deletion of that blog post reminded me of sort of ties in with what I just said. Many of us throw our lives away so quickly, and in an instant we’re serving other gods. Television, relationships, computers, sports, you name it. Our minds can quickly delete God, and put a completely new file into our minds. We’re writing our story based on relationships, and not based upon God. We need to be willing to remove those distractions and focus on God.
Now, I realize there is a time and there is a place for relationships, sports, etc. But we need to make sure that our priorities are right.
1. God is always number one.
2. Family is always number two.
3. Then comes the other things…
We need to constantly evaluate our priorities in an effort to make sure our focus in on God. Like I said in Regenerate Our Culture’s Online Magazine, “So many of us have no will to live to the best of our ability, and without that will we cannot change the world around us. We canâ€™t be in the top 5% of the greats, because with no will, and no focus, we cannot make a difference.”
The question is, are you willing to dedicate your life fully to God, no matter what your age is, or are you holding back because of distractions in your life? What are those distractions? Why are they first on your priority list instead of God?