I met my beautiful bride through our old school district and we have two beautiful daughters together. Some would certainly argue that our daughters were our third and fourth children, considering our attachment to our two other four-legged miniature dachshunds.
But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (Matthew 23:3)
Have you ever noticed that, as a society, we tend to rate our importance by how “busy” we are?
A single person may tell others how many dates they’ve been on or how many dates are lined up for the week. A couple may list how many parties, weddings or housewarming invites they received that month. A married couple with children may broadcast how many soccer practices, play recitals or double bookings appear on the family schedule. Even within a church setting, it is possible to see volunteers or staff members committed to so many different areas that 100% commitment to just one area becomes impossible.
As a result we simply end up “going through the motions” without being intentional about the reason, significance, meaning or original calling to what we had committed to in our lives.
As a father of two young girls, I am constantly rationalizing some of our regular habits. As soon as I find myself in a smooth flow with our nightly bedtime routine, the innocent question “Why?” comes up regarding the need to brush our teeth. Take a bath. Put on pajamas.
While brushing teeth and good hygiene are extremely important and justifiable, when was the last time my daughters asked why we pray too much? Why we spend so much time taking food over to a neighbor simply as an act of kindness? When was the last time I had to answer “Why?” when it came to an act of eternal value?
Our well-intended dedications can quickly become distractions when it comes to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Are the parties and weddings and housewarmings being attended simply due to the fact that anyone who’s anyone will be in attendance? Or, are they a means to impact specific people that God has placed in your lives to make a difference for Him?
Are the practices and double-bookings an excuse to stay busy as a couple so deeper relational issues can continue to be ignored? Or, are they the result of intentionally investing into your child to reveal God’s ultimate design and purpose for their life?
Is the over-commitment at church so others take notice and see how “holy” you are? Or, is it the one day a week where unselfish service can be provided in a safe environment?
My simple challenge is this: Take a moment and script out all the activities you have planned for the day, and determine whether or not they contribute to eternal values or personal values.
Take a moment to: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).