Are you easily distracted? I am. One moment my gaze is fixed on The Goal and the next my head is swimming with paintings I want to create, clothing I’d like to wear, groceries I want to buy, relationships that need sorting out.
Is there a Goal for this life I’m living?
Yes! There is!
We are not accidents. You and I were created. We have a Maker. He seldom shows up in the flyers in our mailboxes or the ads that flash at us as we surf the internet. He isn’t LOUD in a world where lots of things are. There were times in my life when seeking God felt natural and I think it’s because He was built into the daily rhythms of life. Mandatory chapel in Bible college. Daily devotions in early adulthood. Church on Sundays in pre-pandemic years.
Last week I read a passage (Matthew 13: 44-45) and it said this:
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
These verses struck me. I do not seek the kingdom of heaven like this. Do you?
In fact, some days, I do not seek the kingdom of heaven at all.
So what does that even mean? Seeking the kingdom of heaven?
How do I spend my time and what are my thoughts obsessively returning to? This shows me what I’m seeking.
What am I watching and reading? Do my choices reflect an awareness that I, as a person, am changed by the renewing (or dismantling) of my mind?
These are the biggies that I’m pondering this week. How does my thought life, time management and media consumption reflect my desire to belong to my Maker?
What about you?