A Lesson in What’s Important
If I were to ask you what the most important thing in your life is, what would you say?
Your family, your children, your health, your home?
Then why do you go to work when you are deathly sick or when a hurricane is headed to your city?
Be honest, the most important thing in your life is your paycheck! Why, because without it, you would not have a family, children, your health or your home. RIGHT?
Life doesn’t always happen the way we plan and character is built on perspective.
I got up for work and Hurricane Harvey was at 35 mph winds heading 350 miles south of my home. No big deal. Sunny, beautiful day, business as usual for my family. By 1:00pm, we were notified the storm was at 85 mph winds and moving swiftly.
Our employer dismissed us to ‘go take care of what is important’.
Most left work, picked up the kids and went to the grocery store. Bottled water, peanut butter, tuna, bread and batteries…gone. Shelves bare. Priorities change immediately.
“Go Take Care of What is Important” made me think:
1) What is important? What can be replaced and what cannot?
2) If our homes are devastated by the storm, we might not have an employer or an office to go to either.
3) We are riding out a big storm that we cannot control.
I see God through all of this, and I am confident the storm will bring renewal, restoration and rejuvenation. I can honestly say that every time my family has come through a storm, we are better off than we were before.
1) What is important is God, your family, safety and security.
2) Keep important things first. Employers will never remember you missed your son’s graduation, but your son will always remember if you missed it. Jobs can be replaced. (Thousands of people evacuated to Houston from Louisiana Hurricane Rita and never went back! They were forced to start over.)
3) Humans are small. Only God can control the weather. We can be prepared for this storm but only to the limit of human strength. Beyond that, God is in full control.
4) Look to the one who calms the seas. Mark 4:39-40: And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
5) Experience the unspeakable peace that only comes from knowing Jesus is in control. Your only responsibility is to listen and obey.
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