Happy first day of summer & Friday! What a glorious day, indeed!
This post is getting out a little later than normal because I was “busy” enjoying my first day of summer (and a day off) like this.
No shame 🙂
All tan lines aside, I usually try to plan my posts in advance, as I’ve talked about here. But lately it has not been happening. With my up, down, and all around schedule, blogging has kind of been on the back burner for the last month or so.
I was feeling a little guilty this week about letting my priorities slide with the blog lately. But this week God pressed into me the importance of priorities and what my priorities really should be, and that blogging a ton isn’t actually one of them.
One of my devotionals this week was in Mark 14. Verses 1-9 tell a short story of a woman who anointed Jesus with perfume. The passage reads:
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Summed up, this woman saw Jesus’ presence of extreme importance, an opportunity she would soon not have. Because this passage takes place right before his impending death, the woman felt an urgency in doing whatever she could for Jesus at the time.
I immediately notice 3 things about this passage:
1. People quickly came up with worldly logic to show how they thought her actions (of doing what Jesus called her to do) were foolish. Clearly, that perfume could’ve been spent on something better, they thought.
2. Jesus never scorns us for putting him first, but rather praises every effort we make to know Him or do His will.
3. Jesus said she will be remembered. My devotional ended by asking “How did this prove to be a lasting witness to Him?”
Well, I’m reading about this story today! Imagine what would be remembered from your actions if Jesus was your first priority like it was this woman’s. Whoa!
Your Priorities, Your Urgency
Could you imagine if you were that woman? What if you had laundry to do, children to tend to, bread in the oven, animals to feed, a floor to sweep? Could you still muster up the courage to let all of that go for a while in order to serve your King and Savior?
I find myself tempted to say, “Well, yes, of course I would in that situation.” But why does any other situation in my life turn out differently? Why am I not as urgent to give all I have to Jesus right now like that woman did?
I like to think my life lacks urgency. But does it really? Tomorrow is not guaranteed, no matter how blindly I feel it is. To say, I’ll spend more time in prayer later, or I’ll talk to her about my faith when the time is right, or I’ll get rid of these idols when it’s more convenient is to lack Christ and bow down to the god of procrastination or false busyness.
Often times, I find my sense of urgency in the wrong things: getting a blog post out first thing in the morning over Bible study or quiet prayer, rushing around checking things like email and whatnot that makes me feel busy instead of praying for focus in my work, not acting on what I sense God calling me to do because I like to think that I can do whatever I want with my time – like I have all the time in the world.
But I don’t. And if I’m really to believe in Christ and all His power in my life, I have to submit to Him even when it makes “no sense.” I can’t keep giving in to worldly logic and saying that I’m “wasting my perfume.” To give all to Christ is to give something very precious, just like that perfume. But the reward of putting Christ first far outweighs anything I can possibly give Him.
This devotional definitely helped me see that my priorities of blogging first thing in the morning are really not all that important. My priority should really be to get blogging done in advance, utilizing my time at night better, so I can put my time with the Lord first in the morning like I long to do.
Starting my morning with God helps me acknowledge Him before anything else, and keeps in line with His will for my life. When I let my priorities get out of whack, and I skip prayer or Bible study time, my faith suffers. I’m not in tune with the Lord, and I let other things become a bigger deal than they should become.
I’m still learning how best to prioritize certain things in my life, especially with some recent job changes, but I know this to be true: God should always be my first priority, no matter what my day looks like. I’m also realizing that sometimes God calls me to make certain things that aren’t super urgent (like relaxing at the pool) more of a priority in my life. I am the type of person that could spend all day busying myself just because I think that’s what I should do. But a little pool time to relax and gain some perspective on my life? I think I’ll make the a priority over keeping myself crazy-busy & stressed.