By: David A. Pedersen
“We know sorrow, yet our joy is inextinguishable. We have “nothing to bless ourselves with” yet we bless many others with true riches. We are penniless, and yet in reality we have everything worth having.” (JB Philips Translation)
– 2 Corinthians 6:10
If you had to pick just three things which you value most in life, what would they be? God? People? Position? Money? Possessions? Remember, ONLY 3 things!
Whenever we need to make choices, critical and limiting choices, then our priorities in life become much clearer to us. What were your 3 things that you picked? When it comes to what we value the most in life, we must answer the tough question about where does God fit into our lives. If He is number one, then the other priorities will fall into place. If He is not number one, then we will continue to struggle in so many areas to adjust our priorities.
This same question comes to us as we have families and as we think about what we want to pass on to them. We worry about their safety and security. We worry about their health and education. Yet even through all those worries we still need to make sure that we pass on something that will last…forever. We need to make sure that our relationship with God shows in our words, actions, and our decisions. They need to see that Christ makes all the difference in the world…literally.
So as you pause for the day, maybe at 6:10 pm around the family dinner table, remind yourself and your family that by knowing Christ and by having Him in our hearts, we truly do have ‘everything worth having’.
Just imagine… what God could do through us if we offered a word of encouragement.
Who can you bless with a kind word… a word of encouragement… a word of hope… a word of thanks? It may only take a few seconds yet it may last a lifetime in their minds.
Kind Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings which you have given to me and I pray that you will help there to be even more blessings which can flow through me. Remind me each day that by knowing you and by knowing that our battle over sin is already won that I can live more freely and be more caring of those who have yet to know you as Lord and Savior. In your name I pray, Amen.