Dive Deeper: Priorities

So why do we do what we do?  Why do we have the habits we do?
I know for me, it mostly comes down to one thing…
selfishness.
I scroll Facebook because it’s easier.  It requires ZERO brain power and its mindlessness is what I love about it so much.  I mean, I can’t really balance a journal, a Bible and a cup of coffee on my lap for 45 minutes while sitting on my heated toilet seat….
And my to-do list!  Oh man.  I love a good list.
No kidding, on Tuesday, it was my son’s birthday and all he wanted was a strawberry cake.
I got up, fed the cats, made my coffee, picked up clothes to be donated, took them to a friend’s house, went to the store to get butter, blah blah blah.  I’m midway through the 47 steps of making this cake that just about changed my life, and I’m snapping at my kids.  I immediately stopped and traced my mood back to one thing:  I had neglected Jesus first thing in the morning.
Crap.
The whole day was about me, me, me.  What I had to do.  Where I had to go.  How long it was going to take me to do it.
There is no “me” in Jesus. 🙂
I have to set my tone for the day with Jesus or my whole day will be ugly.
I can ALWAYS trace my irritability or bad attitude to the fact that I didn’t start my day off with the Lord.

Your King, King Jesus, just wants you.
He just wants you.
To the things you love, you give time.
To the people in your life you love, you spend time with them.

Before we Dive Deeper, take a moment to ask God to open your eyes and prepare your heart for what He wants you to take away from these scriptures.
First, take a look at Psalm 119:37.
Oh man.  How good is that?!
Check it in different versions and see which one ministers to you the most.
Diagram it, asking yourself who, what, when, where, why and how questions can be applied.
I tell ya, that is a verse I want to make my morning prayer!

Last, on Tuesday I mentioned Matthew 6:33 and it says if we seek Him first, then “all these things shall be added unto you.”
Have you ever wondered, “what things?”
What does He want to add to me?
Back up in the scripture to find out.  He wants to bless you, He wants to meet our needs.  Don’t ever feel guilty for asking Him for things.
If we are seeking Him, then our needs will be added to us because He wants to be our sole source.  He doesn’t want us to run to someone or something else to meet our needs.
He wants us to run to Him.
You are doing so awesome.
If you have felt discouraged this week, tell us in our group so we can lift you up in prayer.

2 thoughts on “Dive Deeper: Priorities

  1. Don’t you find it interesting that KJV uses the word “vanity” and the NIV uses “worthless things”. Where is the line between loving oneself because you a creation of God, you are a child of God, and vanity–over valuing yourself and what you look like, what you have accomplished, what you have (been blessed with?) I know God wants the best for me and the best of me. I would like to say I want to be healthy and fit for Jesus, but even as a65 year old grandmother, I still worry about the value of what I look like to others. How and when will it finally become “all about Jesus.” I reallly want it to be all about Jesus–all of Him and none of me.

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